Not since the Great Depression has New York City faced homelessness at such record-highs. Yet families in shelters remain in the shadows, feeling ashamed of their circumstances. Many New Yorkers aren’t aware of the causes, nor have they heard the success stories of those living in the shelter system. But Art Start, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the creative arts to transform the lives of at-risk youth, plans to changes that.
Art Start’s Family Portrait Project uses portraiture, creative workshops, and editorial writing to celebrate the resiliency and unity of struggling families. It aims to inspire compassion and respect for families undergoing financial difficulties while uplifting those who have been affected by poverty. The project features portraits and stories from approximately 50 families including nuclear families, single mothers, single fathers, teenage mothers, and expecting teens.
The exhibition features the work of photographers Fletcher Antsis, Brian Bloom, Natalie Brasington, Ty Cole, Andrew Eccles, Jason Goodrich, Michael Granacki, Heidi Gutman, David Johnson, David Lang, Tom McKenzie, Eric Ogden, Martin Schoeller, Bryan Shih, Zachary Stertz, Jim Wright, and Peter Yang. All shoots were sponsored by Fast Ashleys Studios in Brooklyn, New York, with complimentary prints for participating families sponsored by White House Custom Color.
The opening reception will be hosted on December 19th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the exhibition running from December 21st to December 22nd. Proceeds from the sales will go toward Art Start’s Homeless Youth Outreach Programming, which consists of creative arts workshops that take place four nights a week at New York City homeless shelters and group home with youths ages 5 to 20 years old. You can also make a donation online.
Opening reception: Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Exhibition: December 21 through December 22, 2013.
West Chelsea Arts Building
508 West 26th Street, Loft 5G
New York, NY 10002