restoring hope

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver Art Auction

Description: Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver sought the participation of artists interested in exploring and representing the concept of hope through art made from recycled materials.

Purpose: To raise awareness of the critical work and local impact of the Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver affiliate and the Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver ReStores.

Re/storying Art

Artists' telling of their experience and contribution to a community-based art auction project was conducted in conjunction with the Habitat for Humanity art auction. This study was part of an ongoing inquiry into the study of artistic process.

More and more, art educators are encouraging student artists to locate 'big topics' within their work and to make the transference between studio and community, and between private and public. Engagement with larger social issues potentially not only changes community, but changes the artist. If art educators are to encourage student artists to engage in social action practices, art educators need access to deeper understandings of how artists participate in and respond creatively and personally as artists in the world, how this transition occurs, and how engagement with community can contribute to awareness of a personal and social efficacy.

The following videos document the participation and perceptions of two artists, at three different stages of their artistic process, who generously donated their work and time to the Habitat for Humanity Art Auction. (Special thanks to videographers Nicholas Mckenzie and Will Minsky.)




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Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.