December 16, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00 pm
The Wende Museum

The Art of the Unhoused: A Discussion with the People Concern’s Studio 526

Join us for a special panel discussion in conjunction with our exhibition Visions of Transcendence: Creating Space in East and West with organizers and artists from Studio 526.

At the heart of the Skid Row community lies Studio 526, a cultural art program operated by The People Concern, serving as a sanctuary for artistic expression and creative empowerment. Their mission is rooted in the belief that art and creative spaces are essential human rights, providing a crucial refuge for individuals experiencing homelessness, poverty, or living with mental health conditions. The dedication of Studio 526 to fostering artistic growth and personal empowerment is evident in the vibrant artworks that adorn its walls, each piece a testament to the transformative power of art. Showcasing its ability to bridge divides, foster healing, and empower individuals to reclaim their voices and identities, while nurturing a creative space that ignites passion in every individual.

Mixed media artist and Studio 526 manager Alice Corona, along with Edgar Aguilar, External Communications Manager at The People Concern, will conduct interviews with exhibiting artists Linda Leigh, Peter Villapudua, and “Duck” (Roy E. Turrentine), all showcasing their works in the exhibition. Additionally, spoken word artist Queen Mama Tabia will perform one of her original poems, and Felix Garcia will lead a drum circle during the event.

A light reception in the garden will follow the program.

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