How do you define “artist”? Do you consider artists to be sculptors or painters with works displayed in world-class museums? Artisans and craftspeople who produce utilitarian items like baskets or blankets? Bohemian creatives who make objects and images as artistic representations of their experiences? It turns out that “artist” is a kind of catch-all word we can use to describe a person who envisions, designs, or fabricates things of use and/or beauty…so, an artist can be anyone in any circumstance. Sometimes, the circumstance informs the art. Consider that of homelessness.
Homeless art Austin. Austin, Texas is known for its creativity. Not only is Austin home to world-class museums like the Blanton Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and The ContemporAry Austin, it is also a creative center where many artists live. Some of the best artists in the city, however, have no place to create art because they have no real place to call home. Yes: many amazing Austin artists are homeless.
During these times of lock down, social distancing and increasingly less human connection, we are determined to bring our artists and others experiencing homelessness an opportunity for self-expression and creative relief to combat the increasing risk of depression and isolation.