Homes for Hope: Art and Design Address Housing in LA

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There is a 2% vacancy rate and over 30,000 homeless in the City of Los Angeles. While chronic homelessness saw a small decline this past year, the number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time is on the rise. How can the arts advocate for a basic human right to shelter? Inspired by MADWORKSHOP and the USC School of Architecture’s Homes for Hope project, artworxLA students will address one of the biggest issues facing LA by asking: How can artists and designers contribute solutions to the housing crisis? What is the relationship of storytelling, listening, and design? First, we will explore the idea of “home” through a personal lens. Then, we will consider narratives around home and homelessness for more insight—whether they are individual stories, observations in our neighborhoods, or causes/effects illustrated through data. In final projects, artworxLA students will create designs, campaigns, or performance pieces that envision real solutions grounded in real experiences.