The arts can be a powerful education tool around social issues. Check out the links and examples below to learn more. If you learn about a great example of how art can teach us about poverty and homelessness please let us know (gustavel@seattleu.edu or post a comment below). Thanks!

Why Art Saves Lives

Local Performances and Exhibits:

  • Art From the Streets is a partnership between UGM’s Men’s Shelter and the Artist Reformation project that showcases art created by those living on the streets. Art is a therapeutic and healing activity, and facilitates mending to the broken. The display is a weekly exhibition open to the public, featuring art made by guests and people staying at the Men’s Shelter.
  • Seattle’s Urban Art Project’s Finding Home Series recently completed the Spiral Project. The project symbolized the need to create an upward spiral of hope instead of one of despair and a need for the community to engage with issues of poverty. In partnership with the Seattle Parks & Recreation and Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness (supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), project coordinator Urban Art Concept brought together artists and volunteers to assemble a 300-foot long sculpture in South Lake Union using recovered tree branches.

  • The Looking into Light Exhibit, sponsored by the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness/Center for Strategic Communications, featured 44 photos from the national touring exhibit from the National Center on Family Homelessness, with 20 additional photos by Seattle University Journalism Fellow, photojournalist Dan Lamont. Photos seen provided by The National Center on Family Homelessness and noted photojournalist Dan Lamont.
  • Interfaith Association NW hosted an art show Saturday January 22. Offered in conjunction with the monthly art walk in Everett and the One Night Count, the show was designed to increase awareness around homelessness through art produced by adults and youth who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness.

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