Housing with Art sets stage for formerly homeless artists

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

For the fourth year in a row, Pacifica Housing, Island Blue Art Store and Market on Yates have teamed up to connect people who have experienced homelessness with their community through art.

“The May Tenant Art Show Housing with Art is a wonderful and highly therapeutic opportunity for tenants to put their talents on display. It’s a chance to have their quality creative pursuits appreciated by the public and to receive the recognition they deserve both as artists and as people who have overcome significant challenges,” says Brad Crewson, Director of Support Services at Pacifica Housing.

A wide variety of work done by tenants living in Pacifica Housing’s four supported housing complexes or those receiving housing outreach support service, will be on display at Island Blue Art Store. Participating artists face multiple challenges to find and maintain housing in the private market. Many struggle with mental health or substance use issues and have experienced an extended period of homelessness in their lives.

Join them for a special after-hours exhibition on May 5, from 5.30 to 7pm at the Island Blue Art Store. Several of the artists will be on hand to meet guests and speak about their experience. Refreshments are being generously provided by Market on Yates.

Tickets: $10. Proceeds will support Pacifica’s art program. 80 per cent of the sale of the artwork will benefit the tenants and the remaining 20 per cent will support Pacifica’s art program to purchase supplies and healthy snacks. 100 per cent of ticket proceeds will support Pacifica Housing’s tenant art program.

Artwork will be on display in store for the month of May. Attendees of the exhibition will have the first opportunity to purchase original works of art.

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