Recycled. Recreated. Reimagined.
Please join us at the highly anticipated annual collaboration of Harwood Art Center and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless’ ArtStreet Program
ALBUQUERQUE – ArtStreet, a program of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, and Harwood Art Center join together to present Recycled Heart, an exhibit featuring mixed media and recycled art by ArtStreet artists. Speaking to possibilities for transformation, Recycled Heart reflects the unique perspectives of ArtStreet’s inventive, resilient artists – diverse creators who use what they’ve found along the way to share beauty and hope. Bringing the injustice of poverty and homelessness together, Recycled Heart is an exhibit that is uniquely poised to capture the diverse, distinct, and highly individual responses of ArtStreet artists’ interpretation of their community experiences in relation to poverty and homelessness.
Access to the arts is a social justice issue. ArtStreet makes access to the arts available to those least likely to enjoy it while holding a space to build community connections and increase awareness of the issues of homelessness through the art- making process. Harwood Art Center and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless have partnered for nearly three decades in working to address community issues of homelessness. ArtStreet artist, Joey Goss, describes the importance of ArtStreet and the collaboration with Harwood Art Center:
“[ArtStreet] is definitely an opportunity for anyone who wants to take it. In that way it certainly has been for me. It was
my first show that let me know/feel like I could do this professionally. I just finished a commissioned piece for the curator
of a juried [Recycle Santa Fe] exhibition. In that way ArtStreet has given me “access to the arts.” I know people who
know they have no artistic bone in their bodies who now have murals with their names attached. After twelve years of
hanging around there, it’s always cool to watch people come into their own through just being there. I love the Harwood
Show [and] the people there, it’s always my favorite show of the year. As AHCH has collaborated with the people at
Harwood, it has provided me with the brightest spot in my winters.” ~ Joey Goss, ArtStreet Artist
Please join ArtStreet for an opening reception Friday, February 7, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harwood Art Center, located at 7th Street and Mountain Road in Albuquerque. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. To meet the artists and learn first-hand about their work, please come at 5:30 p.m.
The Recycled Heart exhibit will be displayed February 7 to February 27, 2020 at Harwood Art Center. Harwood Art Center is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Harwood Art Center, visit www.harwoodartcenter.org or call 505-242-6367.
The Recycled Heart exhibition was made possible, in part, by funding from the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Harwood Art Center of Escuela del Sol Montessori. The project also receives funding, in part, from individual contributions and private foundations.
ArtStreet gives community artists – homeless and housed – a common forum to share their experiences, coming together to make art and organize public exhibits like this. One component of the ArtStreet program is a community-based open art studio. ArtStreet brings together people from diverse backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, and artistic abilities to share common experiences by making art in a safe and supportive environment. All proceeds from the sale of ArtStreet art go directly to the artist(s) who created the piece. For information on purchasing a piece of art, please contact ArtStreet at 505-248-0817.
ABOUT HARWOOD ART CENTER
Harwood Art Center, the outreach program of Escuela del Sol Montessori, is a creative center for community and the arts. We believe that equitable access to the arts and opportunities for creative expression are integral to inspired, passionate individuals and to healthy, vibrant communities. Participating at a grassroots level, we recognize and engage the arts as a catalyst for lifelong learning, social changes and community development. We provide art education for all ages; community outreach projects and events; teaching and apprenticeship opportunities; and studios, exhibitions and professional development programs for both emerging and established artists.
ABOUT ALBUQUERQUE HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS AND ARTSTREET
Founded in 1985, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) provides a continuum of integrated services including primary medical care, dental care, behavioral health, art therapy and social services. AHCH serves more than 7,000 men, women and children throughout the year. They conduct more than 70 hours per week of outreach and provide services at their clinic at 1st and Mountain and at other sites in the community.