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Students hope to raise homelessness awareness through arts

STANFORD -- The Stanford Homelessness Action Coalition (SHAC) will present a week of activities called "Face the Music: Raising Homelessness Awareness Through the Arts," Feb. 2-12.

The activities are designed to educate the Stanford community about the issues of homelessness and poverty. SHAC is a student group based at the Haas Center for Public Service, the campus center for local, national and international voluntary student efforts.

A benefit concert featuring Stanford musicians and dancers will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Kresge Auditorium. The Fleet Street Singers, Counterpoint, Ballet Folklorico, Alpha Phi Alpha Step Show, and Stanford Improvisers are some of the performing groups. Tickets will be sold in White Plaza. Admission is $3, with proceeds going to the Haven Family House in Menlo Park and the San Francisco Coalition for the Homeless.

Theatre of the Homeless, a drama group of eight homeless performers, including a 7-year old girl, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Ricker Dining Hall. The group is known for its gritty portrayals of life on the streets. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Photojournalist Jim Hubbard, author of Shooting Back, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Kresge Auditorium. His talk is sponsored by the Bay Area Homelessness Program (BAHP), a nine-university consortium (of which SHAC is a part) working toward the prevention of homelessness. The BAHP funds, such campus activities as Face the Music through a grant funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Some other activities include:

  • The Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) Game, a homelessness simulation, will be played at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, in Oak Lounge West, Tresidder Union.
  • On Monday, Feb. 3, a panel co-sponsored by the Stanford Women's Center will focus on "Women and the Homeless." It will feature Barbara Kryzchowska, director of Women and Their Children's Housing (WATCH), and Maria Martin, housing coordinator and social services specialist for Innovative Housing. The panel begins at 7 p.m. in the Women's Center.
  • At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Claudia Horwitz, national founder and executive director of the Empty the Shelters homelessness/poverty advocacy program, will lead a discussion along with Emilee Whitehurst, a Stanford sophomore from Austin, Texas, who participated in the Philadelphia-based program last summer. The program will be presented in Larkin House, Stern Hall.

For more information, contact Theo Emery at 497-1978.



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