A Safe Space for Therapeutic Arts
After satisfying the immediate needs of a roof over one’s head and food in their belly, the work of physically and mentally moving someone from ‘homeless to home’ begins. It’s an arduous process, specific to each person’s circumstances, but one that HomeFront eagerly embarks on with any client who’s willing. We understand that to truly break the cycle of poverty, especially for those in the throes of homelessness, an abundance of training and emotional support is required.
ArtSpace and SewingSpace serve this purpose. In conjunction with other social services, these visual therapies can be as vital to one’s recovery as verbal therapy. In fact, many find it easier to express their feelings by creating with their hands – rather than trying to craft just the right words.
… The creative art process has a positive impact on our sense of hope, self-worth, and well-being. It improves our sense of connectedness and widens our social networks, while decreasing depression, anxiety and reducing stress. *
*2010, the American Journal of Public Health published research, “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health.”
Visual Therapy Programs (include photos of clients working in all spaces)
ArtSpace consists of two spacious studios: one at the heart of HomeFront’s Family Campus, Ewing NJ, another at our headquarters, 1880 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township NJ. As you enter, you are greeted by warm, light-filled spaces and calming music. These non-threatening safe spaces welcome you to look around and pick up a paint brush.
SewingSpace, also located at HomeFront’s Lawrence Township headquarters, offers clients a chance to learn to sew and construct usable and sellable items, such as tote bags, handbags, pillows, wine bags, pin cushions, table runners, holiday ornaments, and baby items, as well as an opportunity to learn the techniques of re-upholstery. “Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine!” reads a plaque prominently displayed in the lively SewingSpace workshop. This sentiment is taken to heart! Those who are homeless, or living on the poverty line develop new skills, and importantly learn how to finish what they start. They receive a path for potential income and create items, otherwise not affordable, while feeling pride in their creations.
Building Self Expression
Along with our trained staff and team of dedicated volunteers, these therapeutic programs offer clients a moment’s respite from their overwhelming challenges. Navigating the creative process, the mind becomes present and concentrates on the task at hand — allowing thoughts to quiet. This is the moment when tangible tools for self-expression, critical thinking and problem-solving develop; offering each person a chance to rebuild their souls and transform their lives.
While guided, they are reminded of their goals and dreams, and ultimately discover what they’re creating is personal, real, truthful. The welcoming gift of ‘possibilities’ begin to emerge as they experience a sense of joy, creativity, and exuberance. As Ruthann Traylor, ArtSpace/SewingSpace Director states, “I challenge the artists who come here; think outside of the box, be resourceful, be creative. And there’s no wrong, right?
Building Self Esteem
HomeFront’s commitment to enriching and empowering each artist’s and crafter’s self-esteem is demonstrated by providing many opportunities to showcase their skills and avenues to sell their inspired works to the public. Click here to view our current Calendar of Events.
Artwork and sewing creations are displayed at HomeFront’s studios, including The Blue Garage on the family campus. Artists’ skills are demonstrated, and works are available at various community spaces, such as Grounds for Sculpture, hospitals, and universities, as well as during ArtJam, our annual fundraiser pop-up art gallery. Sewing works are for sale at our pop-up thrift shop located in Hopewell NJ and can be found at Farmer’s Markets throughout the area. ArtSpace and SewingSpace clients are also encouraged to participate in our Arts Entrepreneurship program…
(Layout copy to stand out, boxed, etc.) Providing hands-on therapeutic programs, ArtSpace and SewingSpace, along with a comprehensive array of holistic and transformative social services, is a priority at HomeFront. As expressed by one client, “… creating space for people to fight to live, not merely exist.”
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We’re Back – ArtJam Returns Fall 2021!
Save the Date: October 15th – October 30th
HomeFront’s ArtJam 2021 launches Friday, Oct. 15 in Palmer Square, Princeton. The art event will bring life and color to an empty storefront by creating a pop-up gallery that combines undiscovered artists who have experienced homelessness, professional artists and the community in a celebration of creativity, inclusiveness and empowerment!
When you visit ArtJam, you can feel good twice! You can buy art you’ll love, and you will be helping a program you can believe in.
“This event is a labor of love by many supporters; our volunteers, artists who contribute their works, and local businesses. We deeply appreciate that the community comes together to produce and support this artistic, fundraising event,” says Ruthann Traylor, Director of Artspace, and its sister program, SewingSpace at HomeFront. “We have learned to navigate uncertain times, and we have proven over and over the arts can lift spirits, empower our artists and enhance their self-esteem.”
The pop-up gallery will feature more than 75 artists, and includes paintings, sculpture, pottery, and other original works. SewingSpace participants will be selling hand-sewn creations, too.
ArtJam 2021 will be using a satellite location at the HomeFront Family Campus in Ewing (the Blue Garage Gallery) to house a special collection of oversized artworks too large to display in our Palmer Square location. Please see our website for details on the artists and pieces available for sale there.
Arts Entrepreneurship: ArtSpace and SewingSpace
CREATE, MARKET, SHOWCASE, SELL
By empowering clients with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, the Arts Entrepreneurship program becomes a means to create, market, showcase and sell their work.
Previous Local Displays of ArtSpace artists
- December 7 West Windsor Holiday Craft Show 9am-3pm
- November 1 – 30 Small World Coffee (on Nassau Street in Princeton) ArtSpace artwork will be on display.
- November 1 – 30 PEAC (Pennington Ewing Athletic Club)
- November 22 & 23 HomeFront Holiday Market View Holiday Market Press Release (pdf)
- November 9 St. Gregory the Great Holiday Craft Show 9am-3pm
- October 1-31 Ewing Library ArtSpace artwork will be on display.
- October 5 Newtown Fall Market
- September 20 6:30pm-8:00pm “Art Against Racism” Opening Reception and Artists’ Talk. Location Unitarian Universalist Congregation Princeton NJ Learn More
- July 27 9am-1pm SewingSpace Open-House location 1880 Princeton Ave. Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 View Event Flyer
- July 21from 4 to 6pm will have artwork on exhibit at the West Windsor Arts Council. Location: West Windsor Arts Council 952 Alexander Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.
- June 8 – July 6 Art Show to benefit HomeFront Touchstone Art Gallery 11 E Afton Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067. June 8, 2019 5-7pm Meet the Artists reception
- ArtUnitesUs May 1-31 Ewing Municipal Building 2 Jake Garzio Drive Ewing, NJ 08628 -hosted by The Arc Mercer’s Arctistic Collective & ArtSpace of HomeFront
- Nassau Film Festival May 19 9:30am A Place Like Home Ilene Dube – Short Film about SewingSpace
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Volunteer at Homefront's ArtSpace/SewingSpace-Interested in getting involved? We need your help..
- Facilitate art classes: Teach classes to our clients (adults and children). many areas of expertise are needed. such as: painting, drawing, crochet, knitting, pottery, sewing, and more.
- Fundraising: Research and write grants, solicit sponsorships, and community support.
Exhibits: Explore new venues, assist with marketing (press releases, social media, help frame and curate an exhibit.
- Special Events: ArtJam is a fun and funky art sale featuring ArtSpace and local artists. it's a "pop-up gallery" utilizing an empty store setting up a temporary gallery to raise funds for both artists/ArtSpace. Many volunteer opportunities...solicit food and beverages donations, entertainment, sponsorships, marketing and coordinate volunteers, or work in the gallery.
- Interested? E-mail email@example.com, 609 883 7500, ext 316
Photos of recent volunteer groups
Artspace's goal is to function as a self sufficient program of homefront. Tax deductible donations are needed to support our efforts.
How you can support:$25 - can provide supplies for one week of art classes for 15 homeless women
$50 - can sponsor one month of children's creative workshops
$100 - can sponsor one month of classes for both adults and children
$200 - can sponsor field trip to art museum/cultural event
$500 - can sponsor our website in exchange for marketing/publicity
$1000 - can sponsor an art reception in exchange for marketing/publicity
Other: sign up to pledge a monthly donation