Art Show Places Pittsburgh's Homeless Population in Limelight
Artists who have faced homelessness will showcase their art in a one-night-only show hosted by Operation Safety Net.
photos by Jacqueline Reynolds, art therapist with Pittsburgh Mercy Operation Safety Net
“Home Is Where the Art Is” is an art show showcasing the strength, endurance and hope experienced by Allegheny County’s homeless population.
This one-night-only event features work by artists who have participated in Operation Safety Net’s open art studios. OSN offers the open studio opportunity to artists of all levels at Wellspring Drop-in Center (Uptown) and Trail Lane Apartments (South Side), and has engaged more than 200 individuals under the direction of an art therapist. Many participants have reportedly sustained their art practice and now identify themselves as artists.
According to OSN, art is a practice behavioral health and human service organizations widely use to provide an alternative venue for self-expression, personal exploration, relaxation and community building, among other benefits. OSN acknowledged these several benefits and began their own initiative to provide the homeless population with an outlet for artistic expression. The Confluence Psychology Alliance at Point Park University also recognizes the benefits of art has to offer and has partnered with Operation Safety Net in hosting the ‘Home Is Where the Art Is’ show.
A limited amount of artwork will be available for visitors to purchase but all proceeds will go directly to the artist and can only be purchased with cash. The event, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Point Park University’s Lawrence Hall Downtown, is free and open to the public.
Operation Safety Net, part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Trinity Health and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, touches the lives of hundreds of men and women living on the streets in Pittsburgh annually by providing them with access to health care, hope, and dignity.