Racine and Me: The Passions Project

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A new portrait series, presented by Racine native and art activist Heidi Wagner, will be unveiled in downtown Racine on Friday, November 11.

Through this series, Wagner tells the stories of the members of her own queer community as a way of creating social connection and building a safe, inclusive community that welcomes and affirms all.

“When you see people engaged in their passion, you no longer see how they are different from you. You see a way to connect.” said Wagner, photographer and creator of The Passions Movement.

Throughout the process of photographing Racine residents, Wagner has become woven into a tapestry of stories and experiences which are shared in the exhibit.

She recalls, “I was a queer kid growing up here. I’ve left and returned and have lived the change that has happened. To see this work being supported and embraced feels like coming full circle. There is more work to be done, but it is amazing to me that this is happening here, now.” Wagner has partnered with the United Way of Racine County and the Racine Arts Council to capture the stories and passions of local multigenerational queer persons through the art-based, community-impact photo installation.

The exhibit will be unveiled to the public on Friday, Nov. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted in downtown Racine at Social on Sixth, located at 324 Sixth Street. Registration is recommended. Tickets can be reserved for free at https://bit.ly/PassionsExhibit.

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