A local organization for homeless youth looks to give their clients a step into the art world with their own show tonight.

Tuesday, August 28, the Safe Place for Youth (SPY) art show will be held at the Craig Krull Gallery featuring paintings, drawings, handmade jewelry, music and more from SPY clients. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the opening reception.

SPY had a similar show earlier this year dubbed the ‘Magical Mystery Tour Through Spirituality’. Staff say this show will be similar in tone despite taking place on a bigger scale. The same organization with the same message — providing a voice and venue for those that typically would not have the opportunity.

“My biggest hope is to give our artists — very talented artists in this community — to give them a voice, let them be noticed, and give them a chance to show off their talents,” Sarah Boehmke, Healing Arts Program Manager of SPY said.

As Healing Arts Program Manager, Boehmke creates and facilitate events for the program and helps cultivate local artistry as well.

She says many homeless youths find their way to SPYs doors for simple services such as a temporary closet, showers and a warm meal. The Healing Arts Program helps guide homeless to additional rehabilitation methods such as meditation, yoga and art workshops.

These classes bring out creativity within clients that Boehmke says was likely always there all along.

“A large number of the young people that come through our doors are artistically inclined,” she said. “We live in a creative city. People move here to explore that.”

Boehmke adds that in addition to showing off creativity in a person people who may not have had the necessary chances to display their talents, she hopes the event helps destigmatize negative connotations many have with homeless.

“There’s no difference between myself and someone on the street or someone that needs help. If we see people for who they are and what they’re capable of, it gives us an opportunity to connect with them.”

Art and wares on display have their prices set by SPY clients who’ll receive 70% of all sales and donations. Prices range from $5 – $400.

The SPY art show will be held at the Craig Krull Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. #B3 Tuesday, Aug. 28th, with a special opening reception from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.safeplaceforyouth.org or email sarahb@safeplaceforyouth.org for more information.


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