AWNY Art Nights at The Dwelling Place

Each year, AWNY chooses a New York charity to support. For the past two years our chosen charity has been The Dwelling Place of NY – a privately funded transitional residence for homeless women run by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.

Located in Midtown, the Dwelling Place has provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women since 1977.

At any given time, 15 women call The Dwelling Place home. Each woman gets personalized care, support and guidance to help her build a sustainable, self-supported life. There is no time limit on how long women can stay at The Dwelling Place, meaning women have a place to call their own until they are ready to move on.

This year, AWNY decided to extend our support beyond financial contributions and began to volunteer at The Dwelling Place. On Wednesday evenings, a dinner is held for Dwelling Place residents, former residents now in permanent housing, elderly neighbours living on fixed income and women living on the streets. Once a month after this dinner, the AWNY team has been holding an “art night”.

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AWNY volunteer, Tanya McCaw, chats to a resident during art night.

Led by our resident artist Jacinta Stewart, the AWNY team brings art materials, ranging from watercolours to adult colouring books. The idea is that art provides an opportunity for self expression, creativity and even meditation.

Doing art can contribute to psychological well-being, yet for many women on the streets and in shelters, they do not have the opportunity or resources to create or enjoy this type of activity.

The team has been overwhelmed by the level of interest the women of the The Dwelling Place have shown in the art nights, with over 20 women participating each time. The talent in the room has also blown us away, although for those who are not artists, Jacinta is on hand to provide helpful hints (some members of the AWNY team need this the most).

But most of all, we have loved getting to know these fascinating, warm women who have opened up to us with their stories and with whom we have shared many laughs.

Join us for the Fall Gala

If you would like to support The Dwelling Place, their annual Fall Gala will be held on 19 October 2017. You can find information on how to buy tickets here.

We would love it if you could join the AWNY team for what promises to be a great night in support of an amazing cause.

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One resident’s masterpiece.

AWNY Event: Art Exhibition Opening Night

Seascape 6 by Jacinta Stewart

Seascape 6 by Jacinta Stewart

AWNY invites you to a very special event:

Opening Night of an Exhibition of Australian Seascapes

An exhibition of paintings by Australian artist
Jacinta Stewart

Friday May 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
In the Lobby of the Master Apartments
310 Riverside Drive (entrance on W103rd St) 10025

**Wine and Cheese will be served**

Jacinta Stewart is a Brisbane-born Australian artist who resides here in New York City. After a number of successful exhibitions back home, Jacinta ventured to New York in 2003, and ended up staying. She paints primarily in the acrylic paint medium and specializes in private commissions. Jacinta donates 15% of all sales to The Dwelling Place, a shelter for homeless women in Hell’s Kitchen, NY. http://artbyjacinta.com/home.html

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Jacinta Stewart

Jacinta Stewart

Please join us on May 9th to celebrate an amazing Aussie making it here in NYC!

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