Objective
The (In)Visible Project is a multimedia installation that presents an intimate and dignified human portrait of San Diego’s homeless population. Through timeless photographic portraiture and first-person stories, it offers residents and visitors the opportunity to challenge their perceptions of those living on our city’s streets. This project confronts the stigma surrounding homelessness, raises awareness about the realities facing San Diego’s homeless population, and provides a space for our community to come together to learn, discuss, and take action to address the issue.

Context
There are now almost ten thousand men, women, and children in our community who carry on with their lives hidden in plain sight. We often pass by – or look away from – our homeless neighbors because we feel there’s little we can do to help.

The number of people living on San Diego’s streets is rising. Families continue to be impacted by the ongoing economic crisis, losing jobs and homes. Veterans are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without the support they need, and many of them are ending up on the street.

For social, economic, and humanitarian reasons, we must explore new ways of addressing homelessness before it reaches epidemic proportions in our community. Many of those on the streets seek refuge on sidewalks, in doorways, in parks, and underneath highway overpasses throughout the city – in wealthy neighborhoods and poor ones alike. It is a reality that concerns us all.

We believe that challenging public perceptions about homelessness is the first step to finding real and lasting solutions to the bleak reality faced by far too many people in our city. (In)Visible reveals the faces of the individuals and families we often fail to see, and shares the stories of those we fail to hear.

For installation description, please visit the Exhibit page.

 

Partners

 

Sponsors

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Keith Anderson
Ruth Bardenstein
Ursula Bellugi-Klima
Dr. Cay Casey
Peggy & John Cathcart
Claudia Comins
Virg & Gayle Cook
Catalina & Chuck Cooper
Peggy & Joe Cronyn
Amy Z. Denhart
Scott Dreher
Walter Eckhart
El Take It Easy

 

Crystal Green
Dr. Fernando & Beverly Guerra
James Jollett
Tim & Dede Jollett
Alex Kreit
Lisa Clement Lorraine Lamb & Harold Lamb
Mark & Kristi Lappe
Howard & Lois Levine
Laura Levine
Pennie McLaughlin & Joseph Keith
Linda Morton
Rebecca Rauber & Bobby Vargas
Sarah Rauber & CJ Lammers
Judy Reeves

Gisele Renly
John H. Reynolds
Susan B. Reynolds
Patti Roberts
Andrea Rodriguez
Lori Shellenberger & Tim, Madeline, & Liam Casey
Catherine & Michael Thiemann
Mari Stull
David Tuffy
Robert Thyfault
Jefferey Wergeles
Christina Werner
Vickie Wightman

To become a sponsor of the (In)Visible Project please send an email to: bear@in-visible-project.org