This is Where I Live
International Art Exchange - New York
Fresh Art creates artistic and personal development opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved adults in New York City through fine art exhibitions and workshops.
The organisation raises public awareness and recognition of these artists' work and talents by building partnerships with social service agencies, residences and community groups. fresh art is dedicated to promoting art as a tool for personal expression, creative growth and positive transformation.
Fresh art‘s artists reflect a diverse range of underserved groups throughout the city. They are seniors, people with mental illness, physical and emotional disabilities, HIV and AIDS, in long-term recovery from chemical dependencies, and homelessness.
They were formed in September of 1997 by people active in social services and the arts who believe that disadvantaged and underserved individuals should be recognized for their talent and not solely for the obstacles in their lives. Fresh art introduces these artists to the greater community with the belief that they will benefit in all aspects of their lives from being recognized for their cultural contribution to society.
Since the inception of fresh art‘s programs in 1999, they have helped more than 800 special needs artists from thirty social service agencies from the New York City area.