Through the Eyes Of Children: Artwork By Homeless Children at Boston University’s GSU Gallery

in BU In the Community, College of Fine Arts, News Releases, School of Education, School of Social Work
August 5th, 1998

Contact: Joan Schwartz, | joans@bu.edu

“Every morning, 100,000 children wake up homeless in America,” writes Marian Wright Edelman, executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund, in the exhibition catalog for “Through the Eyes of Children.” This powerful exhibition of artwork by homeless children at Boston University’s GSU Gallery, September 9 – October 2, gives us a glimpse into their lives.

The exhibition is drawn from workshops taught by Drawbridge, an expressive arts program based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Art teachers travel to shelters bringing high quality art supplies and encouraging children to tell the stories of their lives in words and images. The images, executed in paint, crayon, and clay, are disturbing — the crowded rooms and dirty walls, the family violence. “You will also see,” says Edelman, “the incredible strength, the generosity of spirit, and the hope shown by these children who endure so much.”

The exhibition is sponsored by Boston University’s School for the Arts, School of Social Work, and School of Education. Additional funding has been provided by the Louise Frey Fund for Multicultural Education.

Exhibition and all Gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm; Sat. & Sun. 1-5 pm. For information call 617/353-5707.

What:
Through the Eyes of Children: Artwork by Homeless Children

Where:
GSU Gallery, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

When:
Wednesday, September 9 – Friday, October 2

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm; Sat. & Sun. 1-5 pm

Reception:
Thursday, September 10, 5 – 7:00 pm

For Information:
617/353-5707

Special program:
Using the Expressive Arts with Homeless, Traumatized ChildrenA professional education workshop at Boston University’s School of Social Work led by Gloria Simoneaux, director of Drawbridge.
Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12
9 am – 3 p.m.
617/353-3756

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