Recently, we had the privilege of creating a short film for the Bicycle Collective, a non-profit bike shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. Josh Cross and I, Kasey LaRose, eagerly collaborated on the video project, which started out as a submission for the Story and Heart sponsored Storytelling Parade, but became something much more. You can now watch our compelling short film as part of the No Fixed Address exhibit at The Leonardo, also located in Salt Lake City. The exhibit runs through March 2015.
The subject of our short film is Mike Holden, a chronically homeless man in his 50’s. Mike has found success and solace in the Bicycle Collective through their helpful programs that offer individuals and families to earn bikes through donating time at the Collective, refurbishing bikes and helping people work on their own bikes. After so many years battling homelessness, Mike has made huge strides toward a better, happier life.
THE LEONARDO EXHIBIT
I was fortunate enough to attend The Leonardo’s VIP night on November 6, 2014, prior to the public opening the following day. I was amazed by the beautiful portraits and stories of Utah’s homeless population. Ever since my experience on the short film and now with this exhibit, I have had a much different outlook on the current state of homelessness. If you are able to attend the event, I think you will also have a change of heart after reading the moving stories and startling statistics of Utah’s less fortunate population.
For more information or to buy tickets to No Fixed Address: http://www.theleonardo.org/exhibits/discover/nfa/
A press release from The Leonardo’s No Fixed Address:
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Leonardo announced today the opening of its latest original exhibition, No Fixed Address.
Developed in collaboration with Utah’s leading community service organizations, this photography and multi-media exhibition was created to inspire understanding, compassion and dialogue, supply information on a complex issue and catalyze action.
Alexandra Hesse, Executive Director of The Leonardo, said: “No Fixed Address sheds light on the myths and realities of homelessness and invite the public to appreciate the individual humanity of the individuals and families who live on the streets or in shelters. It asks us to take a fresh look at one another and to help build a more compassionate community.”
She continued, “Homelessness is an issue that affects nearly every city, but the fact that we live in a place where our community non-profits collaborate so successfully to achieve the highest outcomes, at a lower cost, and with more citizens receiving the intended benefits is a story that can best be shared here.”
In addition to the exhibition, The Leonardo will host a thematic series of live public programs and movie screenings throughout the exhibit’s 6-month run.
The Bicycle Collective’s mission is to promote cycling as a healthier, cleaner, and effective form of transportation. They provide refurbished bikes and educational programs to community members, children, and lower income households. They currently have 5 locations from Provo to Ogden.