H is for… HOUSING

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A349

H is for HOUSING
A place to call home,
Art helping women
Avoid homelessness.

Today’s quick sketch illustrates something most of us take for granted, the need for a safe place to call home.   I live in Youngstown (Link goes to wiki.)  It is a “rust belt” city in northeast Ohio.  You may have heard about Youngstown on the news as President Obama has mentioned Youngstown in speeches and Youngstown has been featured in various articles praising the efforts to recover from economic hardship and population decline as people moved elsewhere to find work.  By the 2010 census,  32.7%  of Youngstown residents live in poverty (source).  When people are barely hanging on, it is easy to fall through the cracks.

Our local YWCA helps women, often with small children, who are at risk of homelessness.  (For more information on the housing programs, click  here  – link goes to the Housing page at the Youngstown YWCA website.)

Our YWCA also has an annual juried art show celebrating woman artists.   It is a nice show with a professional presentation and an upscale preview party for patrons (opening night) and this event is a major fundraiser for our YWCA.   This year, they are doing something new to raise additional money for the housing programs – asking women artists to donate small 5×7 inch works of art for a silent auction at the preview party.   Women artists from ANYWHERE can contribute.   The call for entry flyer is below.  I scanned it as a photo so you can click on it to see it big enough to read it and feel free to share!

 

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Call for entries flyer, click to see full size

Yes, I asked permission to post the flyer on social media and blog about it… (I’m on the art committee, but this is my first year.  Hopefully, they will ask me to volunteer again!)   I’m sharing this because I think it would be AMAZING if donated art arrived from all over the globe.

So, what will you get for donating?

SATISFACTION, that’s it. (All money raised goes to the housing program.)

Satisfaction is the “feel good” of knowing that your little piece of art was sold to help at risk women avoid homelessness.  You also get the satisfaction of having your donated work displayed, admired, and appreciated in Youngstown, Ohio (which by the way, is also home to the world famous Butler Museum of American Art) and the satisfaction of knowing whoever buys your donated piece will probably be an art patron who will cherish it forever.  Satisfaction is a good thing.


Thank you for viewing my art today! Please share, if you know anyone who may be interested in donating art to this worthy cause.

BeesATC is participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

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One Response

  1. I do agree with all the ideas you have introduced on your post.

    They are very convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for starters.
    May just you please prolong them a bit from next time?
    Thanks for the post.

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