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.
HEAL with HeART
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. and 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.
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.
The organizers of the event were so impressed by the art they invited HEAL to participate in their future Salons.
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 families to have a creative, bonding experience. The beautiful finished product with the theme of Growth, Health, and Hope is displayed by NAMI.
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.
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 VDAY.com 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.
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.
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.