Center City art installation to take aim at Philly’s youth homelessness problem

A large, one-day art installation from Covenant House Pennsylvania and art blog Streets Dept will take aim at youth homelessness in Philadelphia later this week, but its organizers aren’t saying when or where just yet.

Announced Tuesday by Street Dept’s Conrad Brenner, the art installation, dubbed “#AmICutOut,” will take over an as-yet-unannounced part of Center City one day this week to focus on the struggle that Philadelphia’s young, homeless people endure daily. Details about the nature of the exhibition were not immediately available.

THIS WEEK: I'm partnering with @covenanthousepa for a MASSIVE surprise pop-up art installation in the heart of Philadelphia to raise awareness of – and money for – youth homelessness in Philly. This is a problem with a pretty clear solution: Give kids who need it a bed and a safe space and watch them flourish... Please stay tuned to learn when and where to see the installation and how to donate. In the meantime, learn more about youth homelessness and Covenant House Pennsylvania at the link in my bio! #AmICutOut #endyouthhomelessness #youthhomelessness #philly #centercity #phl #explore215 #visitphilly #thingstodophilly #discoverphl #whyilovephilly #phillystreetart #phl

A photo posted by Conrad Benner (@streetsdept) on Oct 17, 2016 at 7:32pm PDT

In a blog post, Brenner wrote that he chose to work with Covenant House Pennsylvania for the event because it is Philadelphia’s lone shelter specifically serving 18- to 21-year-olds. Additionally, Brenner noted that the one-day pop-up art installation will highlight “the plight of the 546 young, homeless Philadelphians who were turned away from Covenant House last year” due to lack of resources.

Brenner says will announce the installation’s specific location and time later this week via his social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.