By: YESPhilly Youth Lead Theatre Artist: Suzana Berger Lead Photography Artist: Michael Koehler Home can be safe, it can be a war zone, but maybe it can be whatever you […]
The kitchen or dining room table is often an icon in youth stories of home. It is a focal point for this installation, which will be used at key intervals in the project to take the story collecting on the road. The viewer is encouraged to take a seat at the table and respond to objects, listen to others’ stories and interact with others who might join the group.
At the Friday event in January, Dylisha Murphy shared her cautionary story to youth who can face similar choices. She described the self-destructive choice of selling drugs versus the challenge and uphill battle for employment and stability. Although she took full responsibility for her choices, she noted her parents’ drug involvement and the risks and challenges that posed for her.
Participants, youth, neighbors, artists, surrounding community, and advocates were welcomed to the storefront hub with food, music and art making. The storefront is the focal point, hub, a filter, an opportunity and place for conversation and storytelling about the complex issue of housing insecurity for the duration of the project.
Journey2home, a public art project that illuminates the challenges of housing insecurity for youth, opened to the public on December 13,2013. Over a hundred people attended! The installation included youth art work and artwork generated by artists- in- residence Ernel Martinez and Shira Walinsky in response to the youth, their artwork, statements and ideas.