Creatively Connecting Communities
District 19, Wedgewood-Houston, SoBro, and the Gulch
Poverty & The Arts has been awarded $3,100 to partner with ZolliKoffee & Turnip Green Creative Reuse in hosting a creative coffee house night of performances and collaborative art. Participating artists include Michael Case, Charles Clayton, Gwendolyn Johnson, Jesse Mason, Ash-Shahid Muhammed, Kateri Pomeroy, David Parr, Deana Pyatt, Douglas Williams, and Randy Williams. Event included performances by homeless poets, musicians, writers, spoken word poets, actors, etc. In the month leading up to the performance, local artists and performers collaborated and acted as mentors for our homeless participants. Funds were used to pay artist fees and supplies and materials. Poverty & the Arts recruited creatives, both homeless and sheltered, in music, poetry, storytelling, etc to host artistic workshop skills leading up to the event and to perform at the event itself. This project's neighborhood houses shelters and services for the homeless and is easily accessible. The coffee house/collaborative art-making event was free and open to the public.