About Connect2Art Project:

The Connect2Art Project is committed to enhancing the lives of homeless and near homeless individuals, and those in life crisis situations, by facilitating expressive and therapeutic art programs.   

Trained teachers, many who are licensed in art therapy,  and mentors connect students to the creative process, leading to many healing experiences, greater self awareness, increased self confidence and a stronger sense of self worth. 

On a broader scale, the purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the plight of homeless people by exhibiting their artwork in public spaces. In doing so, we hope to expand dialogue about how best to reabsorb the homeless back in to our communities. 

The Connect2Art Story: 

The Connect2Art Project was founded by Sheri Hammonds. Sheri’s passion for art and compassion for the homeless led her to create a program where those less fortunate would profoundly benefit from the healing powers of art. 

In 2010, Sheri, along with her friend, Julie Simmons, and other volunteers including artists and teachers, began offering a weekly expressive and therapeutic art class at The Star of Hope Transitional Living Center in Houston, TX.  Through the success of these classes, it was determined that Connect2Art Project would be created in order to expand the art classes to other homeless shelters and crisis centers, and build upon its mission by establishing an art program for homeless individuals living on the streets. 

The focus of the art classes is not on artistic talent and technical skills, but rather on the belief that all art is acceptable and meaningful. Students are encouraged to have fun, relax, and channel their creative energy from within. 

Program teachers consist of artists and individuals passionate about art. The teacher’s role is to create an open environment for students to express their feelings through art, and to encourage students to talk about their art and reflect on its meaning.Artwork created by students is exhibited in public spaces, donated for art auction events, or kept for their own enjoyment. 

In addition to the art classes, Connect2art also works with homeless recovery organizations to create 12' by 7' murals that are hung in Houston City Hall each year. To date we have created nine murals. Organizations involved have included the Star of Hope, Bread of Life and the House of Tiny Tots Preschool.  Each mural is designed and painted by a group of artists who are working towards a better life after homeless. The murals tell their story and reflect their hopes and dreams for the future.

 





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