Junior League of Boston and ArtLifting Team up to Increase Homelessness Awareness

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Current art exhibition highlights Boston enterprise that empowers artists living with homelessness and disability

"JL Boston continues to collaborate with local organizations around the common purpose to bring homelessness awareness." - Pamela Lynch, President of JL Boston

ArtLifting has loaned the Junior League of Boston (JL Boston) a selection of paintings by Boston area female artists for an exhibit designed to raise awareness around issues faced by the homeless in our city. The exhibit will be on display at JL Boston Headquarters at 117 Newbury Street in Boston from Friday, November 11th to Friday, December 2nd. Members and friends can view the exhibit during normal daytime business hours (Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m.to 5 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.to3 p.m.).

The exhibit will culminate with a Meet the Artist Luncheon on Friday, December 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with featured artist Kitty Zen, who will share the stories that inspire her work. This event is free and open to the public with advance registration.

After the unexpected Long Island Bridge closure in October 2014, more than 700 people were displaced from beds and facilities with some sleeping on Boston streets.

“Remembering the bitter cold nights and blizzards of January-February 2015, JL Boston continues to collaborate with local organizations around the common purpose to bring homelessness awareness. We are honored to host this special ArtLifting exhibit and luncheon with Kitty Zen, featuring inspiring artwork by women affected by homelessness,” said Pamela Lynch, President of JL Boston.

ArtLifting, founded by Liz and Spencer Powers in 2013, is a benefit corporation that empowers artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. They offer artists the chance to secure their own income through the sale of original paintings, prints, and products. By showcasing and selling artwork their artists gain self-confidence that permeates all aspects of their lives. Visit them online at http://www.artlifting.com/ for more information.

Karen Page, President-Elect of JL Boston hopes “…that by engaging with organizations like ArtLifting, to educate our members and the public on the issue of homelessness, we will inspire new solutions to support families and individuals facing this crisis.”

JL Boston volunteers currently staff ten community mentoring programs for girls from Boston area public and charter schools. Each program is uniquely designed to inspire girls to explore their potential through communication, leadership, self-expression through art, healthy eating, team building, and conflict resolution. With approximately 4000 homeless youth in the Boston public school system alone, programs like these are often part of an important support network for families struggling to put food on the table and to provide adequate shelter. Visit them at https://www.jlboston.org/ for more information.

Meeting space at JL Boston’s 117 Newbury Street headquarters is available for rental by the public. For building rental rates and more information on how to reserve space during this exhibit or any time of year, please call 617.536.9640.

About Junior League of Boston 
The Junior League of Boston, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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