Art classes for individuals experiencing homelessness & disabilities

sponsored by Gettlove

In collaboration with Gettlove, a non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness in Los Angeles, we have established an art workshop program for people experiencing homelessness and mental and physical disabilities. Our participants visit us once a week for workshops focusing on sequential art basics, including beginning drawing/painting, beginning 3D design/sculpture, and new media.

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We agree with Gettlove’s belief that “homelessness cannot be resolved through the utilization of professional social services alone.” This art program is meant to bring together people with common life issues and to give them tools to express themselves through art. In the coming months we will provide tools of art technique through a series of weekly workshops at SoLA, and will develop a SoLA community gallery wall in conjunction with these workshops.

All lessons are planned and taught by members of our arts education committee, including Linda Jo Russell and Shelley Heffler. They work with people who receive assistance from Gettlove and Pacific Clinics, an organization providing advanced behavioral healthcare to low-income individual of all ages.

Statement by Linda Jo Russell:

SoLA is a non-profit gallery and educational resource that is open to community projects. One such program is Gettlove. Gettlove is dedicated to bringing social and community engagement opportunities to the homeless. SoLA is collaborating with Gettlove to provide lessons in art making. As one of the art instructors, I have had the pleasure of watching the program grow and do what it is designed to do- bring participants together to develop trust, friendship and cohesion among one another. Through continuity of programming, group members are reaching out to each other through vehicles of meaningful, instructional and insightful art discussion and art projects. They are learning new material while becoming more socially engaged and supportive. Our programs leaders are trusted. The whole group, including our leaders, appreciates one another as equals.

About Gettlove:

Gettlove is committed to providing all services through a companionship model, where staff and clients work collaboratively at developing and achieving goals. This includes intensive case management, community engagement and representative payee services. The relationship that is developed between these staff, clients and community members is an essential component of Gettlove’s ability to share in each individual’s challenges and joys while on the path to accomplishing their goals. More information available at their website, www.gettlove.org.

About Pacific Clinics:

Pacific Clinics has provided life-changing and life-saving mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, and supportive services since 1926. Mental illness impacts individuals across culture, gender, age, and economic spectrums, so we deliver a range of innovative community-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate programs. Our highly trained, expert staff members are reflective of the communities we serve, and specialize in severe, chronic mental illnesses. More information available at their website, www.pacificclinics.org.