Better Homes and Gardens, Megan Wilson, Public Project, San Francisco, CA, 2000
Better Homes & Gardens Today
A Public Art Project by Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton
San Francisco, CA, 2014/15
To Benefit the Gubbio Project, the Coalition on Homelessness, and At The Crossroads
Better Homes & Gardens Today is a public art project by Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton developed to:
1) Heighten awareness around “home” and the realities of homelessness;
2) Cultivate a dialog within communities and amongst disparate groups about housing instability; and
3) To raise money to benefit the Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads, organizations working to address homelessness in San Francisco.
ALL PROCEEDS - 100% - FROM THE SALES OF BETTER HOMES & GARDENS TODAY'S LIMITED EDITION SIGNS WILL BE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE THREE PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS - THE GUBBIO PROJECT, THE COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS, AND AT THE CROSSROADS.
Wilson and Statton are creating a limited edition of 300 pairs of hand-painted “Home” signs. The single word for “Home” is painted in black in different languages against a color background and with a flower. The signs are painted on 1⁄4" plywood and range in size from 12"x18" to 16"x30." Wilson and Statton will present the project in the storefront window at ATA (Artists’ Television Access) in October and in the storefront window of the Roxie Theater in December/January.
Better Homes & Gardens Today, Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton, selection of signs, 2014
The signs are available for purchase for $100/pair. The purchasers will get one sign and the other sign will be donated to one of the three partner organizations to use as they see best fit). Purchasers will also be provided with more information on each of the organizations and how they can further help. All of the proceeds and the signs purchased for the organizations will be divided evenly and go to the three partners (Gubbio Project, Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads).
Signs are available for purchase on the project's Website at: www.BetterHomesAndGardensToday.org.
Better Homes & Gardens Today Website: www.BetterHomesAndGardensToday.org
As part of the project Statton and Wilson have been introduced to and reached out to some of the Bay Area's tech corporations and their employees, including Twitter, Facebook, Zendesk, Yammer, Google, Dropbox, and Salesforce to invite them to attend the project's events. The invitation was extended to these corporations, who are relatively new to the area, to provide them with the opportunity to learn about, contribute to, and support a community that is in great need and that they are now working/ living among and having a significant impact on.
Throughout the project Statton and Wilson are hosting free events at various locations (e.g. ATA and the Roxie). The events will include presentations by one or more represenatatives from the participating organizations and a facilitated discussion to learn about:
1. The realities of being homeless;
2. What the culture and climate of homelessness is like in San Francisco; and
3. What is truly needed to address this crisis - funding and policy change.
Better Homes & Gardens Today event at ATA, October 30, 2014, presentation by Coalition on Homelessness' Executive Director, Jennifer Friedenbach
Better Homes & Gardens Today event at ATA, October 30, 2014, presentation by At The Crossroads' Executive Director, Rob Gitin
Better Homes & Gardens Today event at ATA, October 30, 2014, presentation by the Gubbio Project's Executive Director, Laura Slattery
The goal of the Better Homes & Gardens Today is to introduce people to these critical organizations that are working to address the needs of those who are struggling to survive and need support, as well as help to provide insight to the causes, which are systemic and far more complex than most people are aware.
The Gubbio Project
Since its founding in 2004 The Gubbio Project has offered refuge for thousands of people in the heart of the Tenderloin and encouraged connection between the housed and unhoused. For nine hours each weekday, 6am-3pm, the doors of the sanctuary of St. Boniface are open to all. The mission of The Gubbio Project is to provide a sacred space to sleep or rest and care services for those in need of a safe, compassionate respite that places dignity and respect in the highest regard. Each day, 250 people on average, enter the project, with 95 folks sleeping at any given time in the pews of St. Boniface and others accessing care services. We invite you to visit St. Boniface and see The Gubbio Project firsthand. www.thegubbioproject.org
Coaliton on Homelessness
For decades, the Coalition on Homelessness has developed the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them. The Coalition on Homelessness is comprised of homeless people and allies who have been organizing together since 1987 to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, to protect the rights of the poorest people in our society, and to create real solutions to contemporary homelessness.
At The Crossroads
The mission of At The Crossroads (ATC) is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Their innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. ATC remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client.
Also check out:
At Home in the ATA Storefront
By Daniel Hirsch
Published October 8, 2014
If you’re an artist in San Francisco these days, securing affordable studio space in which to work is no easy task. It often means getting creative. Chris Statton and Megan Wilson may know this better than anyone—Wilson herself was evicted last year from her longtime studio at 340 Bryant. As members of Clarion Alley Mural Project, they’ve worked long hours out of doors, installed in movie theater lobbies (they painted the interior of the Roxie in 2012), and even turned homes into a studio/installation (as Wilson did from 1996 to 2008). Read more HERE.
“HOME” FOR SALE
Essay by Claire Bain
Published October 28, 2014
Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton are in ATA’s display window, painting hundreds of signs with one word on them: “Home.” Black letters and a flower spell out the word in English or other languages, each on a solid color background. Sold in pairs for $100, one sign goes to the purchaser; the money and the other sign goes to one of three homeless service organizations. They could have just painted a bunch of signs in their studio and put them up for sale, but they chose instead to perform the production of the signs in the window. More than fundraising, they are organizing, raising awareness through outreach, providing information, and holding the City accountable for its human responsibility. And they are accomplishing all of this by subverting the tools of commercial language. Read more HERE.