"Seriousness of purpose is the common denominator of programs for the blind, the disabled, and the homeless. Jefferson Bright at Art From the Streets said his art routine is key to his two years of sobriety: He comes to “socialize, not hibernate.” Bright recalled turning down a friend’s invitation to a barbecue—that night his friend killed himself. People with particular hardships might fall into dark thoughts, or they might paint luminous landscapes, as Bright does: “They aren’t places I’ve been. They’re in my imagination.”
When you browse the Art From the Streets artists prints you quickly notice that each of our artists has their own unique style. It could be reflected in the way they paint, the colors they choose or the subjects of their paintings. As an artist how did they develop their unique style?
A problem as complex as homelessness is going to take everyone getting involved to end the crisis and get people off the streets permanently. There are many ways that local businesses can help end the homeless crisis in Austin. It could be as simple as donating to a homeless driven non-profit, volunteering or feeding one person.
While everyones situation is unique there are commonalities in the causes of homelessness. These include lack of affordable housing, domestic abuse, unemployment, low wages and health issues.