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Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home Opening Celebration Weekend

September 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - September 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home opening celebration weekend

How does lack of safety and security, from the physical elements as well as unseen external dangers, affect our psyche and ability to live and flourish? Shelter:Crafting a Safe Home?is a socially engaged art experience that?provides a forum for craft artists? responses to issues of shelter?global and local, public and private.

Shelter?aims to create awareness and open dialogue around an urgent social issue. ?The exhibition will validate the human experience by showcasing art infused with personal stories and perspectives, and will demonstrate that art-making is a vehicle for open communication, healing, and compassion.

The exhibition will open with a reception on September 8, 2017 at 5:30 – 8:00 PM. The annual Stroll the Strip will also happen on that day and we are one of the stops for the event, so guests can experience the charm and culture of the Strip District conveniently on the same night.

The opening celebration continues on Saturday with:

  • 10 AM – 3PM: Pop-Up Shop by artist Daniel See will feature mugs that incorporated the hand impressions of Northside Common Ministries Pleasant Valley Shelter residents. The mug becomes the connector between the maker, the Shelter resident, and the holder, and hopes to break the stigma around homelessness
  • 12 PM – 2 PM: Dialogue with the Artists from 12 to 2 PM. An informal artist talk with the exhibiting artists about their exhibiting artworks, the creative processes, and the stories behind their work.
  • 2 PM – 2:30 PM: Playback Theatre perform in response to the visitors’ personal experiences with homelessness and displacement.

This event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation at the door.


September 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
September 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Contemporary Craft
5645 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201 United States
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