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Multimedia event to educate Minnesotans about homelessness through art

~ "The Land of 10,000 Homeless" ~

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 12/22/2006 ) -- Minnesota activists and artists will join together on Sunday, Jan. 14 to put on a multi-media event to educate Minnesotans about homelessness.

The event "The Land of 10,000 Homeless: An Artistic Portrayal of Homelessness in Minnesota" will be put on from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue at the corner of Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, Plymouth Congregational Church Outreach and the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children at the University of Minnesota are sponsoring the event.

The event will include music, performance, visual art, short videos and photography. Some of the art will be available to view and hear on the web at, which will be launched in the first week of 2007 to coincide with this event. People are encouraged to visit this Website to learn more about this artistic approach to educating people about homelessness.

The event cost is on a sliding scale from $0 to $10 based on what people can afford. All proceeds will support the work of the X-Committee, an advocacy group made up of homeless and formerly homeless individuals whose mission is to assist individuals experiencing homelessness in Minnesota.

The schedule of the event follows.

* 2 to 3 p.m. -- guests will be invited to see visual art and photographs displayed in the reception area and learn about homelessness from advocacy organizations at various display tables.

*3 to 5 p.m. -- the event will move to the intimate performance space, where the guests will be treated to music videos, spoken word performances, theater, and musical guests, each with their own artistic expression of homelessness. Many of the performers will speak about the realities of homelessness from their own personal experience.

Free parking will be available on LaSalle Avenue one-half block north of Franklin Avenue.

For more information, please contact: Kim Walsh (612) 626-2226 or; Andrew Turpening (612) 807-8729, or Mike Otremba (612) 205-9441, ----------