A rough outline:
This session is in conjunction with a project that Frances and Jennie Ann are working on, called “the Social Construction of Homelessness” on a grant from the Sociological Initiative Foundation, which includes the mapping of the paths and realms used by homeless people in Charlotte.
The presentation will start with a brief background on the work the artists have done together (incl. the Mosaic wall at Urban Ministries and one or two other projects), and then look at examples of other artists – like Merle Ukeles, Mel Chin, Sam Mockbee, Marjetica Potrc etc. – who work with communities in similar ways. Then they will explain their current project and the purpose for it, and why art is important to the research and the end results. This area will cover some facts about the relationship between those in margins and those who are housed, and raise questions about the relationship of people to space as they move through it with a sense of ownership and without. The open discussion part will include invitation for help, thoughts, ideas, input on possible obstacles, possible strong points. We will also discuss possible end products—-what all can you create from all the data, info and insights that we collect? What are the possibilities?