fresh stART

The fresh stART program is designed to provide homeless individuals with a supportive environment for creating art. Fresh stART offers participants an outlet for creative expression, positive interaction with a peer group, skills transferable to employment and a greater sense of dignity.

Located at the Homeless Alliance WestTown Day Shelter in Oklahoma City, the fresh stART studio is equipped with art supplies and offered free of charge to all participants. Each session is open to clients of the WestTown Day Shelter, as well as clients of other Oklahoma City homeless shelters.

The current fresh stART exhibit will be on display through July 30 at the Bank of America gallery in Leadership Square, located at 211 North Robinson in Oklahoma City. The exhibit features approximately 80 works of art created by fresh stART artists.

Kathy Rawdon, MSW student at the School of Social Work in Norman, is currently serving as an art facilitator for the studio, continuing the work of recent OU School of Social Work graduate Meghan (Moore) Mueller in helping to promote and develop the studio. Other past OU students who have been instrumental in helping to develop the fresh stART program include Landry Askins, Vera Featherstone, Stephanie Hughes, DaNisha Blackmon, and Tsukasa Ikeshiro.

For more information, read the article recently published in The Oklahoman. 

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