This is it.
I know what I am going to focus the next eight months of my life on: the “new homeless” of 2010. I want to dedicate this school year to document the working poor families who are struggling today more than ever because of the current state of the economy. I want to focus on the families who are under severe stress because they are without a job, without a home. Right now the numbers are crazy. The percentage of unemployment is at the highest it’s been in years.
But numbers are hard to visualize.
I want to create awareness. I will never solve the current issue of homelessness, but maybe I can express through art the need society has to take care of one another. I can express through design, photography, and storytelling. I want to create a cause to remind the US of the staggering number of people who are without a job and thus, a home.
A positive, energetic college community surrounds me, where life is good. I don’t need to worry about serious issues on a daily basis. I have good friends, a roof over my head, and study at one of the best Universities in the world. Although I am not directly affected by the rise in unemployment, I will be in six months. I know I am incredibly fortunate to have a great support system at home; I can’t even begin to imagine where or what I would do without a job and a place to live.
I believe I can use my academic resources to help homeless families who have lost their job. I have terrific resources available at this school, combined with an artistic eye. I believe I can create a campaign to change the way the “new homeless” are viewed, from a new perspective: from the eye of a college art student.