How United Way's First Annual Art Exhibition Will Change the Way L.A. Views Homelessness

How United Way's First Annual Art Exhibition Will Change the Way L.A. Views Homelessness

Featured artists from UWGLA's hugely successful "Faces of Homelessness" Art Exhibition on October 10 and 11 at the Spring Arts Tower were eager to share their thoughts on why they chose to participate in the two-day event, not to mention the kind of impact it would have on the public's perception of homelessness in L.A.

 

Rachel Fleischer

"I'm extremely passionate about using art to bridge the gap between those who are homeless and those who are not. Our society is still at a place where people are afraid to approach a homeless person and have a conversation with them. These works of art allow us to look closer at something that, in real life, we hesitate to examine."




Hayk Makhmuryan, Fine Arts Coordinator at LAMP



"LAMP Community's artists feel honored to be a part of the show because it's a real way to put a human face on the homelessness problem. Being here reminds us that no matter what kind of situation a person is in, they can thrive on creativity. It's a conduit to coming out of hopelessness and isolation, a way to finally break down those walls."

 

Stuart Perlman



"I believe that anyone who attends United Way's "Faces of Homelessness" Art Exhibition will never be able to look at a homeless person the same way again. They'll see them instead as a human being who has lived through some terrible things, as an individual with a history and a story."




Jacob Dudley

"I enjoy being involved in something a little different from what I normally do and I think the purpose of this event is to get a large group of people together to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness and to create an open dialogue because that's the only way true change can ever occur."




Christopher Chinn



"Hopefully, this experience will impact the audience on two different levels: first, by encouraging them to acknowledge our homeless population and treat them as human beings; and two, by inspiring them to get involved with community organizations like United Way that are reaching out to people living in poverty."




Jim Lembeck

"I think organizations such as United Way can move mountains by thinking outside the box and investing in programs which actually help people. In many ways, what L.A. does becomes a blueprint for the rest of the country, so it's our responsibility to come together and raise awareness of a problem that isn't going to go away on its own."




Check out our slideshow of the event:

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=121572



 

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