Art Workshop for DC's Homeless Population
Organized by: Katarina Veevers-Carter
Hi everyone! About two years ago I met Marie, a homeless woman who has spent the past 14 years on the streets of Bethesda, Maryland. For the past two years we have been exchanging stories and really getting to know one another. This past summer, I thought It would be an interesting idea to bring Marie some art supplies and sit outside the Bethesda parking garage and paint with her. We both ended up painting frames for one another and decided to put a picture of us in it to keep as a memory. The frame she painted for me is the one I have posted.
The little art projects I did with Marie this summer sparked an idea: what if I could somehow create a group where people who are homeless could express themselves through art and we could then put their artwork on display to raise awareness about homelessness?
Street Sense, the DC's "street" paper took an interest in my idea. The vendors that sell this paper are homeless and are often are involved in the writing process. I am a really big fan of this organization so I thought teaming up with them to provide a workshop with their vendors would be a great way to allow DC's homeless population to express themselves in a safe and encouraging environment.
I will be running a workshop once a week in a space provided by Street Sense starting this coming September. I have decided to start this fundraising page to get the funds for the supplies so I can get the workshop up and running.
Here are just a few examples of what can be done with a given amount of money donated:
1.00 dollar can buy one painting palette
5.00 dollars can buy an assortment of up to 10 brushes, one art board, or one panel of watercolors.
15.00 dollars can buy 12 sheets of water color paper.
30.00 dollars can buy a set of 10 acrylic paints.
I would also really appreciate any ideas of art supply companies that might be willing to help with my workshop!