Stories From The Streets: Up Close With Real Change

Stories from the Streets

The exhibit will run April 12 – June 16, 2024.

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Real Change Portrait Project, “Stories From The Streets” invites you to get up close with community members experiencing homelessness, hardship, and poverty, enter a transformative space for cross-class connection and empathy, and gain a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. This rare exhibition of the Real Change Portrait Project features brand-new works alongside past portraits created by Seattle artists between 2014 and 2024.

Since the Real Change Portrait Project came to life in 2014, nearly 50 local artists have volunteered their time and talents to get to know participating Real Change vendors and render their brilliant humanity through the age-old art form of portraiture. This illuminating, humanizing project asks viewers to not only look at people experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community but to spend some time with them and challenge any preconceived notions they may have.

About Real Change

Seattle’s only “street paper,” Real Change is a member of the International Network of Street Papers and part of a global movement to address the root causes of homelessness and poverty through community-centered, relationship-based media and anti-poverty advocacy. Real Change is the largest street paper in the U.S. and one of the longest-running — covering local current events from politics to climate change and small business to healthcare, plus arts and culture. And Real Change is not just a newspaper – it’s the lowest-barrier job opportunity in the region, serving the greater Seattle area’s homeless and low-income community.

Stories From The Streets: Up Close With Real Change Resources

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Past Exhibits

See images and learn more about past exhibits at the Library.