Dear Supporters to the Jim Belfon Online Fund,
We have so appreciated the support you have given for Jim Belfon. It has been monumental in extending his time with us and providing him utmost care.
We also want to thank all those who have given their time, talent and financial contributions to help ease Jim's financial, physical and emotional transitions.
From this date forward (2/23/14), if you are able and inclined to assist Jim further please direct your donation, in the form of a check/money order to the following:
Christian Unity Baptist Church Mission Fund
(memo: Jim Belfon Fund)
1700 Conti Street
New Orleans, 70112
cubc89 @ bellsouth . net
With immense thanks,
Jim Belfon Support Team
Please help us in this final push to reach our goal of $10,000 to cover Jim's continued in-home care amd living expenses. Your suppport is appreciated.
Jim Belfon, a passionate photographer and
tireless mentor to youth, is extremely ill with late stage prostate cancer and
is in Hospice care. Sadly, his last days are fraught with anxiety. Just as many
of those who dedicate their lives to the Arts, Jim is financially challenged
and struggling to secure his photographic archives, his home care and final
arrangements. We're looking to raise $15,000 within
the next 3 weeks. This is an
urgent appeal to friends and colleagues who may be moved to help, to come to
his aid right away!
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Jim moved to New Orleans eight years ago and
established the Gulf South Photography Project, a full-service photographic
learning environment, teaching free photography workshops to more than 1200
youth and senior citizens. He has combined teaching photography to local area
youth with helping families deal with the loss of family photographs due to
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita's massive destruction by providing more than 14,000
individual and family portraits. In the New Orleans metropolitan area, some of
the places he has taught classes and workshops include the Ashe Cultural Arts
Center, Pontchartrain Park Senior Citizen Center, Harry Thompson Center, Tulane
Cancer Center, Treme Center, and the Zion Travelers Cooperative Center in
His roots, however, are in New York City.
Originally from Harlem, he studied and worked with distinguished photographers
and designers including, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks and Richard
Avedon. His work has been
published in a variety of national and local magazines and newspapers
including, Time Magazine, Essence, Sports
Illustrated, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, The
Times-Picayune, The New Orleans Tribune, The Baton Rouge Advocate and others.
Jim began his commitment to sharing his
photography teaching skills twenty five years ago in Harlem, NY. Inspired by
his son Jimmy Belfon Jr's interest in photography at the age of four, he
established the Photographic Center of Harlem. He taught photography to
children and senior citizens in NYC at Harlem School Of The Arts, Central Park
East School, St. James Senior Citizen Center, and New Song Community Church.
Over its history, PCH served more than 5,000 children and senior citizens in
the Greater New York City area, introducing them to the joys of the
photographic arts and encouraging their roles as visual historians of their
communities. PCH students participated in more than 60 major exhibitions in
museums, galleries, and other public and community spaces, with more than 100
participants establishing careers for themselves within the communications
Saturday, November 2, 2013, some of Jim's friends and colleagues will host a tribute to honor
Jim. A reception and fundraiser will be held at Christian Unity Baptist
Church, 1700 Conti Street, New Orleans, Louisiana from 5-7 PM. New York and New Orleans are indebted
to Jim for his service and we hope that his extended family will help in his
time of great need.
On behalf of the Jim Belfon support team in New York and New Orleans, we
thank you in advance for your generosity. Please make checks/money orders out
Baptist Church Mission Fund
New Orleans, LA
information, feel free to contact any of the following persons: