The Outside In Project uses art as a vehicle for discussing social responsibility and collective change. The Outside In Project is dedicated to helping communities dig deeply into conversations around how they will end the experience of homeless. Outside In uses the capacity for art processes to combine rigorous inquiry and analysis with openness, creativity and collaborative inventiveness. These processes allow people with different experiences and capacities to work together over the long-term to find innovative solutions to complex issues.
Background - The Outside In Project draws its inspiration from the work of the INSIDE OUT Project. The INSIDE OUT Project is a global participatory art project conceived by the French artist JR, emerging from his 2011 TED Prize award. INSIDE OUT provides individuals and organizations from all corners of the globe with a vehicle to take a stand and make a statement. Anyone can participate, and individuals and groups are challenged to use photographic portraits to share the untold stories of people in their communities. For more information on INSIDE OUT, please see: http://www.insideoutproject.net
Events - The Outside In Project plans to organize events in 10 cities selected for their dynamic work in ending homelessness: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Portland, and Chicago. The project will build a website that will be a venue for conversations between communities and across regions about ending homelessness. We will work with groups across the country to identify and implement actions to end homelessness. The first installation of the project will take place in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, December 15th at 8 Brattle Street (Origins Building at the Atrium Shopping Center) starting at 12 Noon and ending at 4 p.m. EST, with a reception to follow. Learn more here.
Outcomes - The Outside In Project aims to impact homelessness-related policies and actions locally and nationally. We will track media coverage, community actions, and program changes in each city. We will document references to this campaign in national forums, including governmental agencies and congressional hearings, and will assess and enthusiastically respond to any initiatives to sustain this project in each city and realize its ambition to end homelessness nationally. In addition, we will develop Tool Kits to help communities and individuals better work toward ending homelessness. These Tool Kits and reference materials will be available on the Outside In Project website: Coming Soon
Vision - The Center for Social Innovation and the INSIDE OUT PROJECT, the artist JR's unique participatory art process, are partnering together to build a community-based movement to end homelessness.
Ways to Support - The Outside In Project is a tax-deductible project. Contributions can be made to the Outside In Project through The Arts Company, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information on how you can donate to this important project, please contact Ms. Marie Cieri (The Arts Company) at: firstname.lastname@example.org