Our Engaging Artists residents are currently volunteering each week with the local homeless population. Some of the volunteer opportunities involve creating collaborative artworks with homeless residents who are either in shelters or in affordable housing. We’d like to celebrate their hard work and compassion by taking a look at previously realized projects around the issue of homelessness. The first artist we’re featuring is Fanny Allié.
In the lead-up to Residents of New York, our collaboration with Andres Serrano, we featured artists who have made socially engaged work about homelessness. Now that our Engaging Artists residents are beginning to formulate their projects, we’d like to take another look and profile some more artists that have worked with the homeless community.
We were left inspired by many incredible words, stories and ideas that were shared by all of our Engaging Artists residents and our speakers. It was wonderful to hear about how each resident has been flourishing in their volunteer work and their ideas for projects realized through volunteering.
At our second session of Engaging Artists Todd Lester of freeDimensional gave a great keynote speech; Martha Dorn (Art Therapy Outreach Center) introduced to the practice of Art Therapy, and Art Therapist Karen Gibbons led us through a cathartic experiential exercise.
Our 2014 Engaging Artists residents. Bottom, sitting from left to right: Christina Sukhgian Houle, Jamie Grove, Anne Peabody, Flavia Berindoague, Sue jeong Ka, Corinne Cappelletti, Anthony Heinz May. Top, standing from left to right: Anna Adler, Kate Weigel, David Wallace, Fanny Allié, Dato Mio, Travis Fairclough, Julia Ann Frances Rooney, and Emily Miller. Our Engaging
There were posters up throughout the East and West Village last week of some of the images from Residents of New York. It was interesting to see the juxtaposition of the guerrilla marketing ad-space with Serrano’s portraits of the homeless. Like the exhibition at the W. 4th Street Subway Station, these posters are an alternative to the constant barrage of commercial ad space.