Join the Co-Founder of emBOLDen Alliances, Bill Rohs, as he showcases his incredible breadth and depth of art at THREE upcoming events.
Bill has graciously dedicated a tremendous amount of his work to emBOLDen Alliances, aligning in purpose and vision. This is a stunning drawing of Japheth, a boy living in Niger.
- Harbor Springs Art Fair, July 4.
emBOLDen Alliances’ Co-Founder, Bill Rohs, skillfully highlights the importance of listening through art. Bill’s portraits beautifully capture people living in tough circumstances around the globe – from Pakistan to Haiti to Nigeria and so on – who have inspired him throughout his career in international development and humanitarian crises. In trying to unwind at the end of each long day, Bill started to draw a portrait of an individual who had taught him something that day. Dozens and dozens of portraits and sketchbooks later, he has created an incredible homage to these mentors from his life—a mother who lost 5 pregnancies and then suffered from obstetric fistula during her 8th pregnancy, a man working as a driver who lost 3 generations of family members in the Southeast Asian Tsunami, or a college student trying to learn more and do more for his own community.
Each portrait Bill completes tells a full story – of dignity, bravery, leadership, pride, of people with amazing talent, skill, and perspective. Each serves as an important reminder that these individuals – often obscured by the international aid and development world’s aggregation of the “people living in poverty around the globe”– are uniquely individual, have an important voice that needs to be heard, have much to say, and have much to contribute to their own families, their neighbors, and to the greater global community These individual voices shed invaluable light on the very problems that we in the “Global North” would like to help to solve. But, we must stop, pause to take in each person’s story and individuality—in short, we must first, last, and always, listen. Artists such as Bill often say that each line on a person’s face tells a story, and so, that story must be seen, heard, and recognized. For each of these individuals represent each of us, a truly shared humanity.
Click here to learn more about Listening Through Lines.