Yunier Ramirez Cedeno came to the US from Cuba with his wife and son in May 2017, and dreamed of restarting his photography business. One month later, he met JFCS Navigate Business Advisor, Mona Dajani, in a World of Work class at Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Yunier believes that art is a necessity and that photography can be a powerful tool for telling stories. However, he came to Louisville without a camera and was borrowing equipment to take photographs to rebuild his portfolio. “What’s a photographer without a camera?” asked Cynthia Brown, Director of NEC. After working on his business plan, Mona was excited to present Yunier with a loan to purchase his own camera in March 2018.
Yunier now owns RC Studio, specializing in wedding and engagement photography, portraits, and nature and historical art. Mona will continue to work with Yunier as his business grows. RC Studio was featured at this year’s Navigate Enterprise Center Business Showcase at the MOSAIC Awards, and his work caught the eye of many attendees.
If you would like to see Yunier’s work, he is one of the artists participating in this week’s We Create: World Refugee Week Festival. We Create is a growing arts program at Kentucky Refugee Ministries that aims to bring together artists for a community-wide celebration of refugee stories through dance, music, sound, mixed media, photography, video, and visual art performances. Yunier’s work will be presented at the Muhammad Ali Center on Monday, June 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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