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MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Misty has chosen to donate all proceeds from this exhibition to non-profits that she feels make a difference in our community. If you would like to join Misty in her support of community by making a donation, select the organization of your choice below.

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Please select CARES Fund

CMCArts mission is to inspire and promote the Caribbean's rich cultural and artistic heritage through engaging the diverse communities of the Islands

C.H.A.N.T. is a community-based coalition committed to advancing Crucian heritage and nature tourism as a vehicle for the sustainable development of the St. Croix community.

St. Croix Foundation established in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the CARE Fund supports strategic, high-impact investments in the Virgin Islands for preparedness, resilience, and recovery from any disaster. Funds support nonprofits working on the frontlines and nurture new, sustainable systems.

Women's Coalition's mission is to support and empower people impacted by violence  and offers a range of supportive programs and services to victims and survivors.

Project Promise is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth on St. Croix by providing empowerment initiatives, cultural programs, and family services.

Ruff Start's mission is to proactively search out the dogs who can’t search for help themselves. In addition, we offer educational youth programs to encourage animal compassion and advocacy in their everyday lives.

22 years of professional photography has taken me to destinations around the globe, but St. Croix is a place unlike any I’ve known before.

 

On September 19, 2017, Hurricane Maria brought unfathomable devastation to the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Stuck back in my hometown of Chicago, with nonexistent communication and no updated information sources, I was terrified for a community I was only beginning to become a part of.

 

Two weeks prior, I had watched as my neighbors gave all that they could spare to their sister islands affected by Hurricane Irma, leaving few resources at home in the wake of Maria. I realized that although St. Croix is a United States territory, most people in the mainland U.S. didn’t know this island even existed. Turning to social media, I began to see posts from a population of 50,000 who had been forgotten by national news sources. There was a common thread within these glimpses of the wreckage that residents of St. Croix were witnessing…these posts were marked with the hashtag VISTRONG.

 

My work over the years has been focused on documenting the lives of others. Seeing my community in pain, and not given the proper attention it deserved, I turned my lens to the people around me. My mission was to provide a platform for the voices of St. Croix to be heard. I listened to people’s stories and witnessed an incredibly resilient community do what they do best; take care of each other and overcome whatever comes their way, with little help from outside sources.  The US Virgin Islands had been under the American flag for 100 years, and no one was paying any attention. - Misty Winter

When moving through this exhibition look at the faces. They are rooted here and their faces are of hope and determination. Each person has a story from September 20, 2017. 

What is yours?

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