He wears pink eyeglasses and is seen around town with his camera in hand, taking photographs. He’s also the founder of the Grand Rapids Flickr
group. But what you may not know is that Terry Johnston is one very remarkable do-gooder as well. He supports many worthy causes in West Michigan and here are just a few:
ArtPeers is a grassroots, artist-advocacy organization based in Grand Rapids. They encourage community patronage of locally created exhibitions, performances and concerts to advance a culture that nurtures local art and values local artists. Johnston is not only a Board member, but also mentors fellow photographers one-on-one about the business aspect of being an artist. “Ten percent is donated back to the community,” explains Johnston on his professional community service. ArtPeers just recently filed for their nonprofit status and hopes to be able to provide affordable health insurance to its members very soon.
West Michigan Pride
West Michigan's LGBT community gathers each year to celebrate tolerance, caring and acceptance at the West Michigan Pride Festival. This multi-day event took place at Riverside Park this past June and Johnston not only participated personally, but also professionally as well with his donation of event photography coverage. “Good photos make or break an event,” he says.
The Wealthy Theatre is a beautifully restored historic landmark that resides in the East Hills neighborhood and it's been the site of many concerts and events. “It’s the best venue in town,” smiles Johnston. Whether he’s shooting an event, organizing a Queeries movie or donating to the capital campaign, Johnston has made an impact at the Wealthy Theatre.
Johnston spends much of his time and resources with these organizations, but those aren’t the only ones receiving his generosity. He’s participated with the Creston Neighborhood’s Art Battle event three years running and recently sponsored the Friends of Grand Rapids Park’s Green Gala -- not to mention his service to AIGA West Michigan as well as his commitment to the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority.
This guy is quite a do-gooder. And you can be too. Want to know more about the organizations Terry Johnston is involved with? Check them out here:
Source: Terry Johnston
Writer: Jennifer Wilson, Do Good Editor