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Homeless Art

Star of Hope Transitional Living Center, Houston TX

Weekly classes are taught at the Transitional Living Center in eight week sessions. The curriculum consists of a series of art projects that are designed to tap into the students inner emotions. Creating art becomes therapeutic, as the students often express fear, anger, sadness, joy, hope and other emotions that they otherwise may not be able to verbalize.
A variety of art mediums are introduced with each project, giving the students exposure to many different art forms. Students often take away from the class a greater appreciation for art, the gift of being able to express themselves through art, new friendships, and better understanding of their current situations.

Students wishing to display their artwork at Houston City Hall or other public buildings are given the opportunity.

The Star of Hope Transitional Living Center helps to prepare and train homeless women to become independent with the goal on re-entering mainstream society. Applicants to the 12-18 month program are challenged at the shelter to complete an intensive curriculum consisting of a 90-day substance abuse recovery Cycle, ABE/GED programs for those that have not completed their high school diplomas, and a Career Development Program designed to prepare clients to identify and seek employment.

Star of Hope Menís Development Center, Houston TX

The Art Program at the Menís Center focuses on creating large murals that are placed at Houston City Hall or other public buildings. Homeless students in this program learn important team building skills and the power of collaborating together toward a goal. The process begins with a discussion about what it is that students would like to express, which leads to sketches and rough drafts of the mural. Under the guidance of a professional mural artist, students are shown all the steps to complete the mural and make it a meaningful piece of art. Knowing that the mural will be placed in a public space gives students a great sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Similar to other Star of Hope facilities, the objective of the Menís Development Center is to help clients achieve success in the areas of substance abuse recovery, literacy, education, life management skills, career development, and ultimately, a responsible, independent life-style. Clients are provided food, clothing and shelter in a safe and counseling environment. 

Second mural titled, ďThrough the Looking GlassĒ created with Museum of Cultural Arts Houstonís, Reginald Adams.


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