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      Three ways you can support Austin homeless artists

      Three ways you can support Austin homeless artists

      Normally, people hearing about supporting the arts think all that means is they have to donate money to organizations that are both local and regional; however, there are other methods in which support can be shown, especially to artists who are homeless.

      Here are three of them to make note of.

      Donate Supplies

      Whether they're your own that you no longer use or whether you choose to purchase new ones, take the time to donate supplies to the artists so that they can continue to create beautiful work. They will especially appreciate this in the event that some supplies they have are starting to get worn out.

      Commission Pieces from Them

      One common thing that homeless people need in order to survive is money. This means that by speaking to a homeless artist and commissioning one or more pieces from them, not only will you be able to obtain great artwork for your home, office, etc., but you'll also be able to provide the artists with financial assistance in return for their work, which will help them with such things as buying food, something to drink, etc.

      Share the Artist's Work and Your Experience with Them on Social Media

      Many people enjoy sharing all sorts of things on social media. You could consider sharing one or more pieces of artwork that you receive from a homeless artist. In turn, this could cause other people to seek out that same artists and commission pieces from them, which can then provide them with enough money to obtain some of the most basic necessities that they need. 

      Art From the Streets rely on generous donations of people like YOU! 
      Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. 
      Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio 
      for the homeless and at risk. THANK YOU!
       

      How to help the homeless this summer

      How to help the homeless this summer

      During the summer, the outdoor temperatures will consistently rise, causing a great deal of discomfort at times. However, what does all of this mean for members of the homeless population? After all, they don't have access to some of the luxuries that we all have, such as air conditioning and cold water. As a result, this can cause them to become vulnerable to issues such as heat stroke, severe sunburns, and more.

      Here are three different ways that you can provide assistance to the homeless population during the summer season.

      Ask for Extra Help

      Take the time to contact officials in your area of residence, who will be able to locate homeless people affected by the serious summer heat by transporting them to a local cooling center. These types of centers provide both cold water and a cool place for individuals to stay during the week whenever a heat alert is in effect.

      Talk to Them

      Don't be afraid to not only speak to a homeless person, but also provide them with bottles of water, as well as other necessities to help keep them safe and cool. These can include the following:

      *Sunscreen

      *Bug spray

      *Moisturizing lotion

      Be Familiar with Where Cooling Center Are

      Knowing where the cooling centers in your area of residence are will help you guide a homeless person to a safe place to go in order to escape the summer heat. Utilize the internet and other similar services to become familiar with where these centers are located.

      Art From the Streets rely on generous donations of people like YOU! 
      Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. 
      Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio 
      for the homeless and at risk. THANK YOU!
       

      The benefits of art for your mental health

      The benefits of art for your mental health

      When it comes to the topic of art, there appear to be a great many misconceptions floating around about it. For instance, a lot of people believe that in order to call yourself a “real” artist, you have to first do something such as sculpt or paint, while other people believe that someone can simply be born with artistic talent. On the other hand, there are those who are afraid that if they aren't good at something, there's really no point in attempting it. Therefore, they won't obtain any of the useful benefits.

       

      However, we are all born with the sheer desire to show expression in whatever ways we can think of. In terms of art, a wide variety of activities can be utilized – more than you possibly could have ever imagined.

       

      Here are some of the most useful mental benefits regarding art that can greatly help you.

       

      Stress Relief

      When you take part in an activity such as the aforementioned sculpting or painting, your stress level will decrease so much that you begin to feel mentally clear, as well as calm. This is possible because art provides you with a good enough distraction to allow your brain to take a break from all of your usual thoughts that you have. On average, a person has approximately 60,000 thoughts each and every single day, with 95% of them being about the exact same things. Taking on an art project will help to not only focus your mind, but also push all of your worries aside.

       

      Self-Esteem and a Sense of Accomplishment

      Just like hanging up a piece of artwork from a child can help to boost their self-esteem and also provide them with a sense of accomplishment, doing the exact same thing with your own artwork can also give you the same benefits. To be exact, this can help increase the levels of dopamine in your body, which will help to also provide you with more motivation. Additionally, you will have a much easier time planning ahead and resisting outside impulses, which will enable you to better achieve all of your goals.

       

      Creative Thinking

      As opposed to math, when it comes to art, there is absolutely no answer that can be incorrect in any way, shape, or form. Because of this, art is wonderful at helping to encourage creative thinking and allowing you to come up with your own solutions that can be distinctly unique. Additionally, taking on an art project and using your brain at the same time will help stimulate your brain enough to where new neutrons will end up growing.

      Art From the Streets rely on generous donations of people like YOU! 
      Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. 
      Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio 
      for the homeless and at risk. THANK YOU!
       

      Can 3-D printed homes help end homelessness in Austin?

      Can 3-D printed homes help end homelessness in Austin?

      Thanks to 3D printing capabilities, the dream of creating a home built in less than 24 hours and being hit with a price tag of only $10,000 could become a reality thanks to two different companies.

       

      ICON and New Story have officially teamed up in order to help provide the city of Austin with what are thought to be the first 3D printed homes that are both up to code and able to house actual people. ICON is an Austin-based robotics company, while New Story is a nonprofit company designed to offer housing in various developing countries.

       

      The Vulcan printer from ICON recently constructed an 800-square-foot home. While it cost approximately $10,000 to create the home, ICON hopes to bring the price down to around $4,000. It was also constructed in under 24 hours; however, the company is seeking to decrease the total time to about six hours.

       

      Currently, the goal is to expand to other countries and construct homes in developing countries such as El Salvador and Haiti. Additionally both ICON and New Story hope to enhance the printer itself before moving it into the field in El Salvador to eventually begin test printing. The time frame for this is approximately 18 months.

       

      New Story also works in locations such as El Salvador, Bolivia, Mexico, and Haiti to help provide shelter, according to their official website. Within the past three years, the company has funded over 1,400 homes for those families in need of shelter.

       

      It's also hopeful that in the future, New Story will be able to share their 3D printing technology with other governments and nonprofit organizations.

       

      Art From the Streets rely on generous donations of people like YOU! 
      Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. 
      Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio 
      for the homeless and at risk. THANK YOU!
       

      How to build a homeless care package

      How to build a homeless care package

      Regardless of the location in which you live, the chances are great that you'll come into contact with an individual who is a part of the homeless population. Oftentimes, you may feel like taking a couple of dollars out of your wallet to give to them; however, the more beneficial thing that you should consider is creating a care package for them that contains some of the most basic essentials. Of course, you will also want to ensure that you hand out these types of packages with a group accompanying you, such as from a church, rather than risking your own personal safety and going out to do this on your own.

       

      Here are four different types of care packages that you can easily put together for the homeless.

       

      Traveling Safely

      In this particular type of care package, you can include items such as a pair of warm socks (which is incredible important for a homeless person to have when it's cold outside), travel lotion (which can help to ease pain caused by dry skin), and even chewable vitamins (which is good for a person's immune system).

       

      Hygiene

      This care package should include items like band-aids (to help cover up cuts while outdoors), travel deodorant (which can help take away any bad odors, such as underneath the arms), feminine hygiene products (a large percentage of the homeless population requires something like this, meaning that you will be doing someone an immense gratitude when including these types of items), sugar-free mints (which can be great for those who have dental issues), and beef jerky (which provides a large amount of protein).

       

      Unable to Sleep at Night

      In this type of care package, consider including items such as a toothbrush, travel tissues, snacks (such as Lunchables or raisins), and a headlamp (which is great for navigating through the dark or attempting to find something).

       

      Bare Essentials

      If you choose to create this type of care package, include items like baby wipes (which are a useful and easy way to keep clean), applesauce (which is wonderful for those who suffer from dental issues), bottled water, chap stick, and Advil.

       

      What Not to Include in a Care Package

      While the above-mentioned items are extremely useful, there are also some items that you should never put into a care package for the homeless.

       

      These include the following:

      *Previously-used items

      *Crunchy foods (these can be bad for those who suffer from dental issues)

      *Hand sanitizer and/or mouthwash (these products contain alcohol and can end up being abused by those with addictions)

       

      Art From the Streets rely on generous donations of people like YOU! 
      Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. 
      Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio 
      for the homeless and at risk. THANK YOU!