Hope 22 – a powerful, poignant photo exhibition opens today

The Box Gallery: Feb. 2 – Mar. 30

Free & Open to the Public

HOPE 22 was named for the alarming fact that approximately 22 veterans take their own lives each day according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

With this exhibit in the Box Gallery beginning today, HOPE 22 aims to raise awareness surrounding our country’s veteran suicide epidemic while educating the public on mental health issues. The exhibit includes 22 photograph portraits of Kansas City veterans, each displayed with short personal stories of struggle, resilience and hope.

HOPE 22 partnered with local photographers Steve Gibson, Chuong Doan and John Howe, and with local veteran support organizations including Warriors’ Ascent, War Horses for Veterans, Veterans Community Project and Battle Buddy Service Dogs.  Visitors to HOPE 22 will learn about the veteran experience through stories of hope and healing and aims to connect people to local resources.

Hope 22 is a local Kansas City photography project showcasing veterans’ personal stories to provide hope and inspiration for veterans, families and communities.

Hope 22 opens today (Feb. 2) and runs through March 30 in The Box Gallery in the Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut St., Suite 211. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit The Box Gallery online.

Photo credits: Chuong Doan, Steve Gibson, and John Howe

Founder/Creative Director: Brooke Brown