Art From the Streets is excited to share that their first gallery show of 2023 on March 4 was a great success! This gallery show shines a light on the Art From the Streets (AFTS) organization by allowing the public to view original artworks created by members of the AFTS family, all of whom are transient or at risk of becoming homeless. Participants in the City of Austin’s LEAPS program curated this art show.
LEAPS, which stands for Leadership, Education, and Public Service, is a leadership development program for City of Austin employees. Employees who participate in the LEAPS program are trained in key areas of leadership, which help them to create and carry out public service projects. They develop a wide variety of service projects, from educational collaborations to physical and mental health interventions to homelessness advocacy and so much more. AFTS is honored to have the City of Austin on board as curators of the PEOPLE’S SHOW.
The mission of Art From the Streets is to provide a safe and encouraging environment in which the positive spirit and creativity for those experiencing homelessness are nurtured through their own artistic expression.
These artistic endeavors form a pathway to self-determination by means of the sense of achievement, social connections, and income generated through the pursuit of their art.
If you missed the first day of the Art From the Streets PEOPLE’S SHOW, don’t worry: there is one more chance to check it out during Open Canopy! Visit the Art From the Streets Gallery on April 1, 2023, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Note that the original art on display is available for purchase; there are pieces available for anyone and everyone, regardless of budget. Every purchase is appreciated because much of the earnings from the sale of the artwork will go directly to the artists themselves--95% of sales profits! And not only do the transient artists served by AFTS receive some financial profits, but they also get support in terms of cultivating their artistic skills and growing in their expressiveness, while also developing a greater sense of stability. (If you don’t happen to see anything you’d like to add to your personal art collection at the PEOPLE’S SHOW, you can always check out the work of AFTS artists for sale online! Simply click HERE to be directed to the AFTS online shop, to purchase gift cards, prints, clothing and housewares, and other merchandise!)
Art From the Streets uses art for change in the local community.
Want to learn more about this non-profit organization?
Head to the official website and blog of AFTS! You can start here:
Art From the Streets is an Austin-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1991 to give transient people a way to develop as artists and use their creativity to climb out of homelessness. Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio for the homeless and at-risk.