In October 2017, as the wildfires were still burning in Sonoma County, Los Angeles-based photographer Roman Cho took a series of poignant portraits of fire survivors and responders. The stories are told in their words, with stunning images that capture the harrowing moment in time when our world was turned upside-down.
In December, Cho will mount a photography show for all in downtown Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square. The hope is to create awareness of the ongoing struggles, the pain and the hope of this amazing community.
For the past several months, I have been working together with the City of Santa Rosa to mount a public exhibition of the "Ashes Fell Like Snow" at the Old Courthouse Square. I feel it's important that we take a moment to pause and reflect on the year of growth and renewal and to memorialize those we have lost. This act of reflection and remembering is an important part of the process of healing and it's what connects us as a community. To that end, the city through its Arts in Public Places Committee has given permission to mount the exhibition at the Old Courthouse Square.
-- Roman Cho
Initial funds for the project have been sponsored by Luther Burbank Savings, but additional money is needed to help fire survivors.
Your much-appreciated donations to this project help fire survivors in several ways...
- Creating a healing "Garden" around the installation with local plants from local farms.
- Funding additional photos and biographies of fire victims and first responders
- Add a "resources" area with mental health and other services for survivors
- 20% of all funds raised will be donated to Sonoma Family Meal, a non-profit, chef-prepared meal program serving 80 families, including new survivors of the deadly Camp Fire in Paradise.
*Sonoma Family Meal, a 501c3 nonprofit is the fiscal sponsor for this project.