It’s been quite some time since we’ve updated this page, but we’re happy to announce that the (In)Visible Project will be on display in the main library at Cal State University – San Marcos, through the end of the year. This is the first time the project has been shown in almost five years!
It will serve as a jumping-off point for some discussions on campus around student homelessness in the CSU system. A recent survey has shown that one in 10 California State University students are currently experiencing, have experienced, or are on the verge of experiencing homelessness.
The installation will be up from Sept 12 – Dec 16, 2016. And Bear will be participating in a panel discussion, “Conversations that Matter” in the library on October 20, at 6pm. We hope you can make it!
The (In)Visible Project installation is currently on view at the University of San Diego from Feb. 12-26. Please feel free to stop by and check it out (no admission) in the Plaza Menor, between the University Center and Student Life Pavilion.
USD’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity will also be sponsoring a forum on homelessness in the San Diego community, from 7-8:30pm on Thursday, February 23 in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater. The discussion will be moderated by USD Sociology Professor, Dr. JJ Schlictman, and the panelists include Jennifer Litwak, manager of projects and development for the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless; Matthew Doherty, principal of Housing Policy and Planning at LeSar Development Consultants; Rick Gentry, president and CEO of the San Diego Housing Commission; Patricia Leslie, facilitator of the Regional Continuum of Care Council; Brian Maienschein, commissioner of the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness at the United Way of San Diego; Teresa Smith, director and co-founder of Dreams for Change, a local homeless advocacy group; and Simone Ruff, San Diego director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
For more info, and for a link to RSVP for the free event, click here.
We hope you can join us at the Girls Think Tank Community Picnic in the Park on Saturday October 15, from 12-4pm in Balboa Park. We’re excited to be having our second showing of the project, and will be testing out the installation in a scaled-down version of the full set-up.
The Girls Think Tank is a local advocacy organization whose mission is to “inspire, empower, and organize our community to advance basic human dignity.” This year’s picnic marks their 5th anniversary, and there will be live music, guest speakers (including Councilmember Marti Emerald, Congressman Bob Filner, and David “the Waterman” Ross,) children’s activities, a voter registration booth, and info booths from other non-profit collaborators (Regional Task Force for the Homeless, Third Avenue Charitable Organization, and others.)
And the best part of it all is that lunch tickets provide a meal not only for yourself, but for someone experiencing homelessness.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the (In)Visible Project’s first installation at the ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair this past weekend! Thanks to everyone at the Art Fair, and especially to Susan Myrland and Ann Berchtold for including us as an Art Lab and for supporting our project. This first event was very successful, and we’re now looking forward to moving the project to schools, parks, and other public spaces around the city.
In the meantime, here are some reviews and stories about the project in the local media:
Don’t forget! The (In)Visible Project’s first official showing will be as an Art Lab at this year’s ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair. This is an amazing opportunity for the project, and it’s expected that more than 5,000 visitors and VIP’s will be attending.
Here are the details:
ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
A recent NPR story about how a speakers bureau in Washington, D.C. is encouraging people to think about homelessness from a first-person view. “My life was just to survive on the streets,” one speaker says.
A report just released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows a 20 percent increase in families experiencing homelessness in the United States from 2007-2010, and the number continues to rise. This rise is also being seen in San Diego. For more info, visit KPBS.
(In)Visible Project’s Bear Guerra in SD World Refugee Day Event | June 19 2011
On Sunday, June 19, the (In)Visible Project’s, Bear Guerra will be participating in San Diego’s World Refugee Day Event at the Museum of Photographic Arts. He’ll be showing and talking about work from his series on Somali Bantu refugees in Boston, and participating in a panel discussion with several members of San Diego’s Bantu community about their own experiences of resettlement.
The great Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, Don Bartletti, and local Voice of San Diego photographer and photo editor, Sam Hodgson, will also be on panel discussions about their own work (respectively) with the Iraqi and Burmese refugee communities. There will be a showing of Fady Hadid’s documentary about Iraqi refugees in El Cajon, as well as great food, performances, and more.