The United Nations reports, 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide in 2016. Shelter is universally identified as a basic human right, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions every year. Across the US, real estate development and growth bring increasing concerns about the effects of gentrification on housing equity.
«Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home» — our latest socially engaged art experience — focuses public attention on the basic human need for safe housing through the lens of contemporary craft. The exhibition explores the impact that housing insecurity is having on society and how the arts can guide meaningful conversations within the community.
The exhibition will open with a reception on September 8, 2017 at 5:30 — 8:00 PM. The annual Stroll the Strip will also happen on that day and we are one of the stops for the event, so guests can experience the charm and culture of the Strip District conveniently on the same night.
The opening celebration continues on Saturday with:
10 AM — 3PM: Pop-Up Shop by artist Daniel See will feature mugs that incorporated the hand impressions of Northside Common Ministries Pleasant Valley Shelter residents. The mug becomes the connector between the maker, the Shelter resident, and the holder, and hopes to break the stigma around homelessness.
12 PM — 2 PM: Dialogue with the Artists from 12 to 2 PM. An informal artist talk with the exhibiting artists about their exhibiting artworks, the creative processes, and the stories behind their work.
2 PM — 2:30 PM: Pittsburgh Playback Theatre perform in response to the visitors' personal experiences with homelessness and displacement.
The opening celebration is free and open to the public, but a $5 suggested donation will be appreciated.
Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home Exhibiting Artists:
Clara Grace Hoag