Artful Solutions to ‘Put a Face’ on Homelessness Epidemic

Pasadena Now

The exhibition is the culmination of a series of art workshops with adults and children

From Staff Reports
Pasadena Now

A unique group exhibition Artful Solutions: Pathways from Homelessness is scheduled to open at the Armory Center for the Arts in the Community Room on Saturday, November 15, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from November 16 through December 31.

This exhibition is the culmination of a series of art workshops with adults and children done in a partnership between the Pasadena Police Department’s Homeless Outreach/Psychiatric Evaluation (HOPE) Team, Armory Center for the Arts, and all three of the Union Station Homeless Services; the Family Center, the Adult Center and the Euclid Villa Transitional Housing Center. The artwork will be for sale and all proceeds will go directly to the participants.

The stated goal of this exhibition and program is to raise awareness within the community of the diversity and needs of our homeless population, the complex societal and lifestyle factors that lead to homelessness, the varied outreach programs underway by both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the social services and facilities in the community dedicated to homeless outreach.

The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase the cultural and artistic talents of our community’s homeless population, i.e., recently homeless families, men, women and children in transitional living, and to “put a face” to the very serious community issue and national epidemic of homelessness.

The Los Angeles County Arts commission has awarded grants designed for and serving the homeless community. Artful Solutions: Pathways from Homelessness- is the nation’s first arts and culture initiative that addresses the critical needs of the homeless population. The collaboration is central to the civic objective of the initiative, which aims to stabilize the lives of participants and improve their access to permanent housing. “Artful Solutions” reflects a wider effort by Los Angeles County to alleviate homelessness in the region.

This exhibition will be on view in the Community Room at the Armory at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, and is open Tuesday to Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena.

For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122 or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org.

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