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'Notes to Our Sons & Daughters' — a photographic exhibition celebrating wisdom

Now more than ever, communication between the generations is essential if we are to begin solving the problems facing our companies, our nation and the world.

American culture celebrates the vigor and exuberance of youth. While adding to the vitality of our society, this joyful celebration is often at the expense of the cumulative knowledge of earlier generations. The drowning out of voices from these earlier generations represents a great loss to not only our corporate culture, but our society at large. It runs the risk of cutting us off from their hard-earned wisdom, which might otherwise inform and guide Americans of all ages.

Alexis Dixon

Therefore, for the good of our shared humanity, the health of our corporate culture, society at large, and not least, our ability to meet future challenges, let us work together to dismantle the barriers between the young and the wise, thereby safeguarding the continuity of our collective history.

Consider "Notes to our Sons & Daughters" as a small step in that process, an opening salvo in the much-needed conversation between the generations. We invite you to experience this art exhibit, featuring photographic works such as the one of Susan Lew, on the front cover.

-Alexis Dixon
Project Concept Mediator

Event Information

Wisdom is served on Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m., at the Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier. The evening reception includes wine, exceptional cuisine and the chance to mingle with the subjects of “Notes to Our Sons & Daughters.”

Featuring black-and-white portraits artfully directed by photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann, the exhibition highlights San Diego artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, restaurateurs and community leaders, as well as Senior Community Centers members. Each photograph is accompanied by a “note” from the subject revealing life’s lessons to be handed along to our collective sons and daughters.

The project aims to "show how wisdom and beauty is not constrained by socioeconomic confines, but rather pervades our city," said Paul Downey, CEO and president of Senior Community Centers, beneficiary of the reception and exhibition. The honorary chair is Darlene M. Shiley; emcee is actress Marion Ross of "Happy Days" (both of whom contributed "notes" to the exhibition). Tickets are $150; $250 for VIP. 619-235-6572, servingseniors.org.

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