What to do in Oklahoma on April 5, 2019: See art by people who are or have experienced homelessness at the Homeless Alliance
Today's featured event:
Artists who are or have experienced homelessness will display their work in an art show on display from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Homeless Alliance, 1724 NW Fourth. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The featured artists participate in fresh stART, a program designed to provide people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City with a supportive environment for creating art, according to a news release.
In addition to providing a potential source of income, open studio art programs enable people experiencing homelessness to express themselves creatively, manage emotional issues, develop social skills through positive interaction with a peer group, develop confidence and skills transferable to employment.
“Art to me is therapy,” said Donato, a Fresh stART artist, in a statement. “It keeps me driven and keeps me focused. It keeps me out of trouble. I’ve been coming to Fresh Start for three years, and each year I’ve gotten better and better.”
The artwork covers a variety of mediums including mixed media, collage, water color, acrylic and colored pencil.
Participating fresh stART artists receive 80 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their artwork, and the remaining 20 percent is retained by the studio to offset costs.
“Art allows people to temporarily escape their difficult situations and provides an opportunity to interact with peers in a positive environment,” said Dan Straughan, executive director at the Homeless Alliance, in a statement. “And when an artist sells something that they created, it really helps build their confidence knowing that someone else values their work.”
Fresh stART hosts studio time twice per week at the Homeless Alliance’s Day Shelter located on their WestTown Homeless Resource Campus. Art supplies are donated by community members.
The Homeless Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, helps coordinate and improve services for people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City. The Homeless Alliance has several housing programs for families with children, veterans and people who are chronically homeless, publishes The Curbside Chronicle and operates the Westtown Homeless Resource Campus which includes a Resource Center, a housing complex and a Day Shelter that serves an average of 350 people each day. For more information, go to www.homelessalliance.org.
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