Homeless Advocacy Art Bus on a Mission to Raise Awareness About Homelessness

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In the form of a rolling interactive art gallery whose artists are people experiencing homelessness, the Homeless Advocacy Art Bus is on a mission to raise awareness about homelessness.

The converted school bus is a participatory art installation where each participant is not only homeless, but an artist.

Touring downtown Washington D.C., the Homeless Advocacy Art Bus' primary mission is to "raise awareness about the un-housed in the area and serve as a platform for contact and interaction among communities." According to the project's official website, the bus educates, encourages skill learning and focuses on the production of art.

Working together with Street Sense Media Center, a nonprofit founded as a street newspaper, who is trying to change the perceptions of homelessness, the bus is not only an art installation, it is a precious resource for the homeless artists participating in the project. The bus' slogan, "I Have a Home Here," provides each artist with their own personal space inside the bus where they can express their art and vision. 

While the bus has been touring around the Washington D.C. area, stopping at local events and gatherings, the ultimate goal is to bring the bus to "cities around America to show them what people labeled 'homeless' can accomplish." It's time homeless actors, poets and musicians be heard the way they’re meant to be heard.

Help the Homeless Advocacy Art Bus get up and running by donating today.

 


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  • Reassuring. Activist art can and should occupy a crucial space in the ongoing fight against inequality. Recall how AIDS activist performance art groups, Act-Up and Gran Fury, responded to the demonization of AIDS sufferers in the 80s and 90s. Act-Up occupied public buildings, churches, performed in the streets, in schools. Were it not for Act-Up and Gran Fury forcing and finessing public attention to their cause, I believe that AIDS would have been even more devastating than it was.

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