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An Art Studio For Albuquerque's Homeless

The ArtStreet studio at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless

Over 500 people crowded into Albuquerque's Harwood Art Center last year for the opening of Recycled Heart, an exhibit of artwork made from cast-off objects.  The proceeds from that night's sales, over $3,000, went directly to the artists, many of whom lived on the streets.  That annual exhibit is back this month, presented by ArtStreet, the community art studio of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.  Barbara Jensen, who runs ArtStreet, explains how this open studio provides AHCH with "a natural venue for engagement with folks who are on the street."

Barbara talks in greater detail about the ArtStreet program in this longer version of the conversation.


Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.