Phoenix Center for the Arts donates murals to affordable housing community

 

Mural by local artist Matt Brown.

Mural by local artist Matt Brown.

Phoenix Center for the Arts has announced a partnership with Arizona Housing, Inc. to coordinate the donation of murals created by local artists to homeless residents in the Downtown Phoenix affordable housing community.

Each December, Phoenix Center for the Arts presents Phoenix Festival of the Arts, a three-day celebration of arts and culture throughout the Valley.

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One of the main cornerstones of the event, now entering its fourth year, is the Phoenix Mural Project, which invites local artists and community members to create mural art throughout the festival grounds. Murals are sold during the event to raise money for these artists, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the center itself, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The unsold murals created during the festival have found new ways to benefit the community, most recently in partnership with Arizona Housing Inc., an organization that provides permanent, supportive, affordable housing to formerly homeless and low-income individuals.

The upcoming mural donation to Arizona Housing, Inc. will provide much needed color and comfort to the 297 residents at the downtown Phoenix housing community.

“This innovative partnership has so many benefits to the community,” says Joseph Benesh, director of Phoenix Center for the Arts.

“We are all connected, but we, as a society, still tend to rely on traditional models of support. When artists and arts organizations engage with issues like homelessness we have a chance to make lasting change in someone’s life. It’s my hope that the people who receive these murals will know that we care about them.

“Hopefully they can see themselves in the art and feel that this is their community, too.”

“We are excited about our new partnership for Phoenix Center for the Arts,” says Lindsey Roberts, communications manager of Central Arizona Shelter Services and Arizona Housing, Inc.

“We are hopeful that this new partnership will not only provide a therapeutic and welcoming living environment for our residents, but it will also help integrate the 297 residents into downtown Phoenix and art communities.”

Arizona Housing, Inc. closes the loop on homelessness, by helping people attain true self-sufficiency by providing quality affordable housing coupled with comprehensive social services.

As a sister agency to Central Arizona Shelter Services – the state’s largest homeless shelter for men, women and children – Arizona Housing, Inc. provides formerly homeless individuals and families with a safe place they can call home. The downtown Phoenix property is home to 297 residents who are either formerly homeless or low income.

Founded in 1995, Arizona Housing, Inc. owns and operates over 550 affordable supportive apartments, throughout four complexes in Phoenix. The organization’s mission is to assist individuals and families to attain self-sufficiency through the provision of dignified housing and services.

“At 209 W. Jackson, there are 297 units, typically at full capacity,” says Roberts. “The art will be admired by all residents and visitors and will add warmth and develop residents’ pride in their home. Art is also therapeutic and certainly will enhance the living environment. Further, it helps incorporate the property into the downtown arts culture.”

For more about Phoenix Center for the Arts, visit phoenixcenterforthearts.org or call 602-254-3100.

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