The Co Passion Project Presents
A Place To Call Home: Stories Inspiring Transformation
- November 17th – November 30th
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Ongoing Gallery Show at the Granucci Gallery
A Place To Call Home – Stories Inspiring Transformation uses multi-media Arts as the way to communicate and shift perceptions. With “Story”, communicated through music, spoken-word, poetry, prose, film, fine art, dance and performing arts, this innovative event is engaging, experiential, and integrates the fine multi-generational talent present here in Nevada County – all of whom have deep connections with the topic of homelessness.
The issue of homelessness is a growing concern throughout the country. The City Councils of Grass Valley and Nevada City have made it a top priority for 2017. Finding a manageable long-term solution will require creativity and collaboration among the many parties involved. In A Place to Call Home – Stories Inspiring Transformation, The CoPassion Project has captured stories from homeless people, organizations serving the homeless population, government officials tasked with finding solutions, and concerned citizens. It is through these stories that perceptions can change, collaboration can thrive, and lasting solutions can emerge.
Inside the shell of addiction, filth, mental illness, and anger, sometimes buried very deep, there is joy, there is creativity, there is humanity. When we hear the stories of the broken and damaged people, we remember they are not separate from us. They are someone’s family member, a citizen, a person. They are Us and we are Them. We are One. And we all need a place to call home.
While there are several podcasts, radio programs, articles, and projects about homelessness, this project uniquely focuses on the situation in rural, small-town America. Unfortunately, the federal money funding projects addressing the homeless population is being given to urban and not rural areas, like Nevada County, California, where there is also great need. Creative ideas and compassionate actions by members of the community at large are needed more than ever before.
A Place to Call Home – Stories Inspiring Transformation gives voice to four specific groups in the community: homeless people, those working with organizations serving the homeless, officials charged with finding solutions, and community members fearful of homeless people.
This event is timely because the issue of homelessness is on people’s minds and in the news daily throughout our country and throughout the world. Communities everywhere are being tasked with finding a “solution to homelessness”. This is a complex issue, with a multitude of varied and layered circumstances and challenges. We believe there is no one solution and that the foundation of any positive change needs to focus on our common humanity and shift the perspective of a divide between “Them and Us” to being more inclusive and compassionate.
A Place to Call Home is a community arts initiative in partnership with KVMR Community Radio, and generously funded by both the California Arts Council through its Arts & Public Media grant (www.arts.cac.gov) and California Humanities through its Quick Grant Program (www.calhum.org).