As a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Lava Mae, I created and curated content for a digital screen on their mobile hygiene unit (a trailer with three private showers/bathrooms), envisioning it as a mobile public art gallery with a focus on showing artwork made by their guests experiencing homelessness and other communities who are underrepresented in traditional art spaces. This project is housed under the thematic title of PositiveMedia and will hopefully be sponsored by companies to create a sustainable revenue stream for Lava Mae.
During my residency, I partnered with organizations like Street Sheet to include artwork made by their contributors experiencing homelessness. Street Sheet is a publication of the Coalition on Homelessness which reaches 16,000 readers through 230 homeless or low-income vendors, who are not made to pay for the papers that they receive, and who keep all the money they earn through Sheet Sheet distribution.
Lava Mae is a non-profit organization which brings mobile toilets, showers and other critical services to the streets – delivered with an unexpected level of care they call Radical Hospitality – to rekindle dignity, unlock opportunity, and restore hope for people experiencing homelessness.