Homelessness is a major crisis in America. People end up in homelessness due to a wide range of reasons, from alcohol or drug addiction to mental health circumstances, a lack of affordable housing to limited housing assistance, and unemployment to poverty in general. But while homelessness has increased significantly over the years in this country, there are people fighting back against it and trying to solve the problem. Here's How to Support Local Artists Against Holiday Homelessness.
NOVEMBER IS HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS MONTH
It is fitting to bring greater awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness during this time of year, as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, so Americans recognize the scarcity of food and housing that exists for so many in our communities. During this month, people address the issues of food and housing insecurity through education, service, and advocacy events because so many are unaware of just how much these problems really impact the people around them.
Experiencing art is vital for everyone; there is great value in it. With art therapy, Austin's own Art From The Streets makes available the experience of real life benefits to all, particularly the city's most marginalized residents. From painting in downtown Austin and through various hospitable resources and tools, AFTS art therapy sessions and open studios help serve as a form of self-care. Take your mind off of stressors in your life. Artistic expression and it's therapeutic effects often contributes to greater overall happiness and mental well-being. This is key, as stress is one of the world’s most ubiquitous negative health and wellness issues.
You are invited to celebrate 20 years of art in Austin during the 20th Anniversary Austin Studio Tour! This year, the Austin Studio Tour will be showcasing the work of 520 Austin-based artists and collaboratives, including Art From the Streets, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization catering to the needs of homeless and at-risk artists.