Seen and Heard: Visual Histories of Homelessness in Sonoma County is a project that provides a safe place for homeless people to explore their life experiences through visual art. It consists of 14 weekly drop-in workshops at the Santa Rosa library led by a certified expressive arts therapy instructor. These workshops will culminate in an exhibit and video interviews to be shared with the larger Sonoma County community. The goal is to both celebrate participants’ artwork and to encourage the development of solutions to homelessness.
This project is designed to serve as a touchstone for homeless people and homeless service providers throughout the county, providing a compelling visual and narrative description of homelessness that can be shared with policy makers and with other county residents.
A $1500 grant from Bread for the Journey Sonoma County provided art supplies, an audio recorder, the rental of a space for the year-end exhibit, and other related costs.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, featured Seen and Heard here