The intersection of art and social action is as much on display at this exhibit as the beautifully relevant work of Wing Young Huie and Cathy ten Broeke. Pieces by artist-mentored kids, who know about homelessness first-hand, and also by youths participating in the Kaleidoscope Place program, will grace the walls of the center as well. Since the exhibit is held at the Center for Changing Lives, a venue that works directly to help those experiencing youth homelessness, the images should truly resonate. The evening is dedicated to raising awareness about the issue by showing its human, and ultimately creative, face. Boasting Huie's provocative photos of Twin Citians facing tough times and related work by ten Broeke, a documentary photographer and longtime activist now working at the Office to End Homelessness in Minneapolis, this is community-based art looking to speak to folks about a social injustice (youths are the fastest growing homeless population in Minnesota). But this won't be a dour, starchy affair. The art is stellar, the facility is gorgeous, and the atmosphere is inspiring—making it a good night for wine-swilling gallery types, freewheeling activists, and anyone looking for some friendly neighborhood engagement. The opening event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Jan. 27-May 14, 2011