What: Give Art A Home Virtual Fundraiser
When: Thursday, April 23 at 6pm through Sunday, April 26 at noon
A message from Art From the Streets Director, Kelley Worden.
For twenty-eight years, Art From the Streets, an Austin non-profit, has been serving people who are experiencing homelessness. We offer a free, open art studio four afternoons a week for people to paint and create. We also offer enrichment opportunities, a positive community, art shows, and art sales throughout the year.
This program goes beyond the creation and sale of art. Through AFTS, many of our artists are able to exit homelessness. However, homelessness has no simple solution. It cannot just be moved away or housed away without a plan to break the cycle that perpetuates it. Art From the Streets provides a critical daily practice in a learning environment filled with healthy role models to help create new positive habits. These habits foster well-being, health, and independence for our artists while building connections within a broader positive community - a community that can uncover latent resources such as jobs, housing, and support networks beyond the burdened and essentially closed loop of the homelessness system.
In order to serve our artists, we rely on the generosity of the community to fund our operations. AFTS will hold a virtual fundraiser, on Thursday, April 23 starting at 6pm through Sunday, April 26 at noon. During this event, we will celebrate our artists and raise funds for future growth and sustain this program when we are able to return to Open Studio. Your donation will help support our amazing artists and will play a critical role in ending the cycle of chronic homelessness experienced by our artists.
Thank you in advance for your support!
An update from Pat Chapman, AFTS Studio Coordinator, on how our artists are currently doing.
Troy Campa, Enrichement Coordinator on creating a home and community for our artists.