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.
Blackboard by Shira Walinsky, Photo by Steve Weinik
In this installation, one in a series of works by Ernel Martinez, he visualizes content through a coding system that represents data and language. Youth were given the opportunity to purchase Items from local merchants that could be used for or were representative of home. The configuration of color bands reference games and maps, emphasizing the choices (and liberation) youth seemed to experience in the process.