Shelter is universally identified as a basic human need, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions of people. The United Nations reports a record of 65.3 million people was uprooted worldwide last year, a figure that has increased by 50 percent over the past five years. In the US, 2.5 million children are now homeless each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children. In communities across the US, real estate development and growth bring increasing concerns about effects of gentrification and housing equity. To bring this subject to light, Contemporary Craft, is focusing public attention on the basic human need for safe housing through the major exhibition, Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.
35 works in diverse craft media created by 14 contemporary artists will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the local and worldwide impact displacement and housing insecurity have on individuals and society, and how the arts can encourage positive self-expression and guide thoughtful conversation. Innovative contemporary art expressions, rooted in traditional craft materials, will highlight a range of techniques and forms. Because of the visionary, poetic, and experiential potential of art, visitors will be able to see, feel, and understand the need for stable housing in new and meaningful ways; to transform their thinking and be moved to become part of the solution.
This exhibition was organized by Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.