A non-profit program that proclaims to be a voice for homeless youth in the Bronzeville community is looking for a venue to host its art exhibition fundraiser.
One Heart One Soul created the art program “UNSPOKEN WORDS, a voice for homeless youth” to give young people who don’t have a place to call home a creative outlet through artistic expression. Each Saturday, program instructors go into the Belfort House homeless youth shelter in Bronzeville and work with youth there on art, poetry, spoken word and photography projects. According to One Heart, One Soul, the assignments allow the young people to tell the stories of their lives and also raise awareness about youth homelessness.
The organization is now looking to put the artwork of the youngsters who participated in the program on display for a special exhibition. Unfortunately, though, One Heart One Soul has not found a site to hold the event but its founder, Mireya Trejo, is hopeful that a Bronzeville business will open its doors for this cause.
“Our goal is to have the art exhibit in the Bronzeville area because this is the community we are servicing and as a community it should support the youth of the area. We have not found a place yet but we are certainly looking to partner with an area business that will open their doors to these dreams,” said Mireya Trejo.
Currently, the program’s artwork can be seen at the Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 S. State St. through May 1. For additional information, please contact Mireya Trejo at MTrejo@1heart1soul.org or visit www.1heart1soul.org.
By Rhonda Gillespie