Press release from I Am Home Art Project:
I Am Home art project, a local non-profit organization, is hosting their second art show to showcase and sell the art being done by the homeless and at risk in Asheville on Saturday, May 5th from 4-7pm at Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery and Tasting Room. Art is available to purchase by donation, and artists receive 100% of the proceeds.
“I Am Home art project is so glad to be having our second art show,” says Janet Taylor, Founder and Executive Director. “Art is a means of breaking barriers and building community as the artists and attendees interact with one another. The discussion no longer revolves around what they have or have not, but rather who they are and what they create. Through art the homeless began to see themselves as artists rather than ‘the homeless’.”
I Am Home art project was established in 2017 and is focused on empowering individuals who are experiencing homelessness and who are at risk by providing art classes and supplies as well as opportunities to share their art with the community. Artists have the opportunity to create three times a week through classes at Haywood Street Congregation and AHOPE.
“By attending the art show, community members will be able to meet the artists in person and acquire the art through donations” says Taylor. “100% of the proceeds will go directly to the artists. For most of the artists, this is the only income they are receiving. Not only does this provide financial support, but also encouragement to pursue their passions and to build their confidence.”
During the event, the artists and volunteers will be creating a live collaborative art piece that will be available through silent auction. The proceeds will benefit the operations of I Am Home art project. In addition to the art show on May 5th, I Am Home art project is participating in the art pop-up at Asheville Social Hall May 10-20.