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Town Hall Seattle comes to PNA May 29 to discuss ‘Art & Activism’

Town Hall Seattle continues its year of bringing its programming out into neighborhoods with “In Residence—Art & Activism: A Conversation With Artists Kaia Sand, Rex Hohlbein, and Susan Robb” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Registration is free.

Estimates have placed the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Seattle at well over 8,000, with nearly half of those people living unsheltered in streets or parks. The city of Seattle spent roughly $50 million on emergency shelters, food and hygiene services, eviction prevention measures, and other similar relief programs—yet the problem only seems to be growing. To reframe our conception of this issue we welcome Kaia Sand, Susan Robb, and Rex Hohlbein, whose diverse artistic backgrounds have led them to create their own distinctive forms of community-building activism projects centered on the homelessness crisis.

They meet onstage to reflect upon the ways in which the arts can disrupt and animate our approach to conversations about inequality and homelessness. Together they explore creative practices that not only include but critically engage with socio-political issues as a component of the work itself. These artists share their projects and perspectives with Shin Yu Pai, Town Hall’s Inside/Out Artist in Residence representing Phinney/Greenwood—and the curator of this event. Join Sand, Robb, and Hohlbein along with Shin Yu as they invite us to look at examples of art as social practice in their work and explore how art can reimagine new solutions and futures.

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