“I am . . . more than just homeless” Public Art Installation Displays 61 Photographs of Cambridge Homeless Youth in Harvard Square
Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 4, 2013 – Anthony Pira (http://www.anthonypira.com) presents his images in the second public art installation collaborating with the Outside In Project national campaign “Creating Art to End Homelessness” on May 4th in Harvard Square. Partnering with Youth On Fire (http://www.aac.org/yof), a drop in center for homeless youth ages 17-24 in Harvard Square and a prevention program of the AIDS Action Committee, Anthony expands on the theme of his previous work by photographing youth experiencing homelessness holding signs that articulate the many positive ways they identify themselves, despite their vulnerable living situations.
On May 4th, from 10 am until 4 pm, young adults from Youth on Fire will join supporters to install 60, 3-by-4.5 foot photographs and one, 15-by-17 foot photograph that will cover the entire Palmer Street building in Harvard Square. The installation will be a dramatic testament to the strength, resilience, and survival skills of these vulnerable youth.
Sponsored by the Harvard Square Business Association www.harvardsquare.com and the Cambridge Arts Council, this event will include a free outdoor reception at 1 pm where individuals, community members and the Harvard Square business community will come together to celebrate the lives, and the often invisible voices, of these young adults as well as the programs and services that support them. In order to collect donations for Youth on Fire during the event, Cambridge start up, LEAF, has donated numerous tablet “presenters” to accept credit card contributions to the work of ending youth homelessness.
The response to the initial Harvard Square installation has been powerful and clear: we share the problems, we share the responsibility, and we share the solutions. In addition to giving visibility to an often-invisible issue, the Harvard Square installation will provide an opportunity for individuals to get involved in creating real solutions for ending the experience of homelessness for young adults.
The Outside In Project (http://www.OutsideIn-project.org) draws its inspiration from the work of the Inside Out Project (http://www.insideoutproject.net). The Inside Out Project is a global participatory art project conceived by the French artist JR, emerging from his prestigious 2011 TED Prize award. The Outside In Project, created by the Boston based Center for Social Innovation (http://www.center4si.com), plans to organize photographic installation events in 10 cities in 2013 selected for their dynamic work in ending homelessness.
The Outside In Project Harvard Square installation is made possible through a community partnership with Richard Getz, of Richard Getz and Associates. For more information on the Outside In Project, please visit: www.OutsideIn-project.org
For more information on how you can get involved in ending homelessness and about the Outside In Project, please contact: Ayala Livny, Program Manager, Youth on Fire (617-661-2803)
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