Art inspires creative expression among homeless on Skid Row

SKID ROW, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An inspiring art program is allowing the homeless on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles to channel their inner creativity to produce masterpieces.

On the second Thursday of each month, volunteers with the Midnight Mission gather in the Theodore J. Haddad Activity Center and encourage participants to express themselves artistically.

Artists with varying skills participate in the free "Art with a Mission" program. They range from the more advanced craftsmen using charcoal and graphite on canvases, to beginners drawing with crayons in coloring books.

No matter the artistic talent, laughs are shared as the community is brought together by simple brush strokes. It's a day many with the Midnight Mission look forward to every month with much anticipation.

"It's helping me with therapy to help heal with situations and experiences I went through before I came here to the Midnight Mission," explained David Noriega.

Program leaders said they hope to inspire the imagination and create a healthy change of pace for homeless participants.

A similar program called "Music with a Mission" takes place on the last Thursday of each month. To learn more about the Midnight mission, click here.
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