Creative outlet for homeless through ‘Art from the Streets’

Mural at the corner of E. 6th Street and Brushy Street.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Art means different things to different people. To the organization Art from the Streets, art means hope. For the past 22 years, the organization has been helping homeless people nurture their creative side through artwork.

On Tuesday, a group of local artists with the organization displayed their artwork on a mural wall at the corner of E. 6th Street and Brushy Street. The work will stay there as a preview for the annual Show & Sale on December 6th and 7th at the Austin Convention Center.

For the artists who have seen the hardships of living on the street, these projects help keep them motivated and focused.

“I always want a constant reminder,” said Hugh Miles. “I never want to forget where I come from and I want to be a positive influence to those who are still suffering and going through those similar struggles. You know, there is a way out.”

“It’s inspiring to people who see this, that you can be in such dire circumstances and still find this beauty in yourself that is wanting to be expressed,” said Bill Jeffers, founder of Art from the Streets. “I expected when I got into this project, people would be making very political art, angry and kind of depicting their circumstances, but instead, what they’re really doing is creating things that are really beautiful to them.”

The Show & Sale will feature more than 2,000 new pieces for sale, including paintings and drawings, photography, jewelry, and pottery. Prices start at $35, with a $5 suggested donation at the door to help fund the program year-round.

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