Art Programs

SIP Art Group

2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 11:00am-2:00pm 
3340 Kemper St, San Diego, CA 92110

San Diego’s Serial Inebriate Program (SIP) provides housing and case management for chronic alcoholics affected by homelessness as an effective alternative to cycling through the criminal justice system. The Art Groups give their clients a chance to work alongside their case managers and collaboratively with each other as part of their treatment. This program is for SIP clients only.


1st Tuesdays from 3:00pm-6:00pm
Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library, 4275 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109

4th Tuesdays from 2:00pm-5:00pm
Downtown Central Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

HEAL with HeART is an ongoing art program hosted by San Diego Public Libraries. We bring our Mobile Art Studio to the Central Branch Library in Downtown and the Taylor Branch Library in Pacific Beach and invite individuals from the local communities to come create art with us. Both of these libraries are exceptionally welcoming and respectful of their homeless visitors, providing many programs as well as a safe place to spend the day reading and utilizing their resources.

HEAL with HeART Downtown is in collaboration with Think Dignity, a local nonprofit that focuses on advancing basic dignity for those living on the streets. Their programs include mobile showers, a street boutique, and day storage for belongings to allow for more freedom of movement.

Art in the Park

Every Monday from 12:00pm-3:00pm
Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach Park. Enter parking lot at Voltaire Ave & Point Loma Blvd
In the grassy area across from the beach, next to the parking lot

Art in the Park was HEAL’s very first program! Our Mobile Art Studio travels to the park at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. The  We take advantage of the San Diego weather to paint, draw, make jewelry, and write together in the park. The artists sit in the sun or work as a community under the colorful HEAL canopy that they all helped to decorate.

Special Events

PATH Bookmaking Workshop

January 18 & 25, 2017

In this challenging two-part lesson we taught clients at PATH, how to create their own handmade books. We walked the artists through every step, from folding the paper to to punching holes using templates to sewing the binding of the books.

An artist from our Art in the Park program came to assist with the lesson. Thanks to his help and leadership abilities the entire group was able to walk away at the end of the workshop proud of what they were able to accomplish. They all now have a unique, handmade object to hold their writings, drawings, and to remind themselves of what they are capable of.

SIP Solar System Spray Paint

December 6, 2017 & January 24, 2018

This two part lesson in spray painting a solar system was an inspiring example of empowerment through leadership. One client at the SIP program is an incredible spray paint artist. He bravely taught this two-part lesson teaching the basics to the rest of his peers.

This artist turned out to be a natural teacher and leader in his community. He easily led the group past their own expectations about what they are capable of.

Through his simple step-by-step demonstration everyone was able to create one-of-a-kind, impressive paintings, even with no previous experience with this medium. We are so excited to watch him grow as an artist and leader.

HEAL with heART MICRO Gala

December 6, 2017

Near the end of the Central Library Art Exhibition we held a special event celebrating the success of the artists. It featured even more artwork, delicious food, live music, and an inspiring painting demonstration by the talented artist, Cheryl Blue.

Cheryl spent the show painting her tiny, ornate calling cards which are always popular at the shows. A happy new art collector was thrilled to get to meet the artist he is supporting and poses with Cheryl while she works.

Musical performances by Missy Alcazar and Sophia Szentes kept the attendees entertained, even inspiring an impromptu beatboxing and acoustic guitar duo that blew everyone away.

Central Library Exhibit: HEAL with heART

September 12 – December 12, 2017

For three months the artwork made at HEAL with heART and other Mobile Art Studio programs was displayed on the first floor of the Central Library. The display cases were full of colorful, unique pieces for the public to admire. We loved getting to show the work right in the neighborhood it was created in, giving the artists a chance to show off to their friends in the community.

Lawrence, one of the artists featured in the show, helped to set up the work and stood proudly by the sign introducing the program and installation.

Andaz Art Salon

July 12, 2017

The Andaz Hotel’s Summer Art Salon featured musician Melissa Alcazar, photographer Alex of Dozaphoto, and many of HEAL’s artists. It was an inspiring way to celebrate San Diego’s art community and show the public the talent of individuals affected by homelessness.

We are looking forward to future Art Salons at the Andaz Hotel!

NAMI Community Fair

May 3, 2017

HEAL was honored to participate as an activities and resource provider at the community fair hosted by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for the 3rd Annual Children’s Mental Health Month May Celebration. We provided a collaborative art project as an opportunity for young children families to have a creative, bonding experience.

At the end of the day we assembled the canvases, leaves they wrote on, and glass leaves to create this impressive piece. The beautiful finished product with the theme of Growth, Health, and Hope is displayed by NAMI.

Noche Bohemia

April 14, 2017

Noche Bohemia was a night of celebration of the enduring talent of artists living on the streets, consisting of displays of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and performances in partnership with Think Dignity. One highlight of the night was an artist doing a painting demonstration for the attendees who loved every minute of it. She sold many of her painted calling cards

March of Voices

March 18, 2017

March of Voices was a organized by Voices of our City Choir and sought to find solutions to end criminalization of homelessness in San Diego. The proposals were then brought to the City Council. HEAL had a small art installation and supplies for the participants to use before and after the march.

Vagina Monologues

February 24, 2017

The performances of Vagina Monologues produced by innerMission Productions at Finest City Improv made for a beautiful and emotional weekend.

The show benefited and Think Dignity for their new Street Boutique. HEAL displayed art in the lobby during the performances for the attendees to enjoy.

Project Homeless Connect

January 25, 2017

Project Homeless Connect was a resource fair that provides health screenings, flu shots, dental exams, haircuts, legal aid, housing counseling, pet care and additional services for people experiencing homelessness. HEAL was invited to provide a space to make art at the event. It was a great day, with over 1000 people participating.

Wandering Artists

May 13, 2016

Wandering Artists was an incredible art show and fundraiser, featuring the work of many of the talented artists HEAL gets to work with. A group of artists attended the event, telling us it was one of the best nights of their life. There were performances, drawings, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and even face painting by several of the artists.

Holiday Gift Bags

Every year HEAL passes out small gift bags to show some love during this season that can be very difficult. In 2017 we gave out 144 bags filled with SPF chapstick, socks, adult coloring pages, a set of markers, and other goodies to spread the word about the art programs and let them know they are cared about.

Poseiden Foundation

HEAL is part of an ongoing partnership called “Dream Big” with the Poseiden Foundation, a local nonprofit that empowers youth to actualize their dreams through the sports community.

The donated skateboard decks make unique, functional canvases to be featured in art shows. We encouraged exploring and achieving goals and dreams of the artists.