Here’s a press release that may be of interest to anyone, but particularly people who live in the Central FL area:
Orlando, FL (September 23, 2015) – Homeless and Hungry, a local Homeless Advocacy group, teamed up with a world-renowned graffiti artist, Skid Robot and the Albin Polasek Museum of Winter Park to create street art that helps people experiencing homelessness in Orlando.
If you are not familiar with street artist Skid Robot, his work illustrates the dreams of the homeless of LA’s infamous Skid Row. He paints illegal graffiti behind the impoverished to highlight the need for change. His art empowers those without a voice as he illustrates their personal stories. Now Skid Robot turns his advocacy eye to the homeless population of Orlando. His installation will be up through the month of September at the Albin Polasek Museum. This will be the first of four pieces of his art ever offered for sale! All proceeds from the sale of his art will be used to help 4 homeless citizens of Orlando! All donations collected aid Kathleen, Daniel, Jennifer, and Carl, people experiencing homelessness in Orlando!
These street art murals specifically address the issues related to homelessness. Veterans, individuals with severe Mental Illness, the Elderly and Domestic Violence are the subjects of these first 4 pieces. Future subjects include Youth Homelessness, LGBT issues, Family Homelessness and many more! After the exhibit at the Albin Polasek Museum, these four creations will serve as a mobile Homeless Awareness Campaign that will tour from city to city to highlight the issues related to homelessness. Skid Robot will be creating more pieces to add to the mobile display, doing a live painting exhibition in each city!
About the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, located at 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789, is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission fees are charged as follows: adults (18-59) $5; seniors (60+) $4; students (age 12 through college) $3; with members and children age 12 and under free. For more information, call 407-647-6294 or visit the website at www.polasek.org.
Founded in 1961, the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is home to an art collection created by award-winning, internationally recognized, Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek. The museum’s primary exhibit is American representational sculpture, with over 200 works by Polasek. The museum also exhibits contemporary art in all mediums in its gallery space. Guided tours of the historic Polasek residence and chapel are hallmarks of this museum, as well as its breathtaking sculpture garden located on Lake Osceola. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only 30 members of the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is a 501(c)3 public charity.
About Homeless and Hungry: Homeless and Hungry is an Advocacy and Education group, located in Orlando, FL. Founded in July 2014, by Thomas Rebman, a retired Naval Officer and former Orlando, Florida Middle School Teacher, they have been responsible for aiding homeless citizens all over the United States.
Last year, Tom decided to voluntarily experience homelessness as a Summer Reading Program for his Middle School students. This Reading Program unintentionally became the most unique and impactful homeless awareness campaign in the United States in decades and spawned the group. Since then, Tom has voluntarily lived homeless in thirteen cities throughout the United States for a total of 98 days studying homelessness. The cities include: Orlando, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans and Skid Row in Los Angeles! His experience on the streets combined with his management background and research skills have made him one of the most educated and vocal advocates for the homeless in the Nation. He was invited to brief the Florida Governor’s Council on Homelessness because he is the only person that could compare homeless services between the cities in the State. Homeless and Hungry is registered with the State of Florida Agriculture Department to accept donations and is a 501(c)3 public charity (applied). For more information on how to help, call (407) 421-8115 or email email@example.com. Their website is www.homeless-hungry.org.
About Skid Robot: Skid Robot, is a world-renowned graffiti artist from Los Angeles, California. He uses graffiti art to present social messages with a focus on homelessness and poverty in the area known as Skid Row. He paints breathtaking images of household items, especially bedding and bedroom furniture, in areas where homeless people sleep or congregate in an effort to highlight their lack of household possessions and shelter. He has been covered internationally including a feature in People Magazine. This will be the first time any of his art will be available for public purchase.