Art project benefits homeless artists

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Imagine being an artist without a proper space to create or display your art. That’s the situation for some living on Albuquerque streets. About 20 years ago, the organization Health Care for the Homeless stepped in and started Art Street. The latest collection of amazing works to come out of the program are all on display at the Harwood Art Center.

“Art Street is a really beautiful space,” says Mindy Grossberg, program coordinator for Art Street. “Just like I think Harwood is bringing people together, various people in the community to both look at art and see oneself as an artist.”

Art Street’s display at Harwood is just one of the city-wide exhibitions called On The Map. It’s proving to be a big showcase to get the artists work out to the public and benefit the artists in the process.

“I was homeless previously for probably six years or so,” says Jimmy Lujan, mentor at Art Street. “Through Art Street and the program I got on my feet and am now housed.”

Lujan is just one case of many success stories to come out of the Art Street program. With each piece of art that is created and sold, 100 percent of the proceeds goes back to the artist.

“Art in general as with Art Street, it needs to be put out there,” says Chris Jacobsen, Art Street mentor. “It needs to be made part of the public and part of everybody’s idea of something that’s natural. Everybody has some type of art that they have to develop and sometimes it happens later in life.”

For more information, visit the City of Albuquerque’s On The Map website.

To take a more in depth look at showtimes and information on Art Street, that is available at the Health Care for the Homeless website and the Harwood Art Center website.

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