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Artists Explore Homelessness With Installation In Stamford

An art installation at Stamford Government Center explores homelessness in the city.
An art installation at Stamford Government Center explores homelessness in the city. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
An art installation at the Stamford Government Center explores homelessness in the city.
An art installation at the Stamford Government Center explores homelessness in the city. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

STAMFORD, Conn. – Two artists joined forces to explore the universal meaning of home, the tragedy of homelessness, and the need for affordable housing to create a new public art installation entitled “HOME.”

The display, created by artists Elena Kalman and Susan Fishman, was on display at the Stamford Government Center but has closed.

In Stamford, they partnered with Opening Doors Fairfield County member agencies New Neighborhoods, Inc. and Pacific House (formerly Shelter for the Homeless). The project was funded by the City of Stamford’s Community Arts Partnership Program, Stamford 375 Years Strong, and M&T Bank.

Ross Burkhardt, executive director of New Neighborhoods Inc., said the project was a community process that invited people to sit down and express themselves and think about what home means to them.

“It’s a beautiful way to express what we feel about what homelessness means to us,” said Rafael Pagan Jr., executive director of Pacific House.

Speaking on behalf of Opening Doors Fairfield County (ODFC), co-chair Adam Bovilsky described the project, and the installation at the Stamford Government Center, as a “rare moment where we bring homelessness to the collective consciousness of our community.”

Artists Kalman and Fishman worked with adults and children at seven community art events asking participants to express “what home means to them.”

Some drew pictures, some wrote text, and some utilized both. The result is the diverse array of perspectives and messages that make up “HOME,” a physical, interactive structure.

“The sky is the limit if you have a permanent roof over your head," Burkhardt said.

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