The Community CollabARTive began in 2003 as a partnership between local artists and the staff and clients of Peter & Paul Community Services. The primary goal of the CollabARTive is to create a community among residents of the transitional housing programs, as well as between residents and staff. Outside of CollabARTive meetings, Peter & Paul staff mostly interact with clients on a professional basis, pushing them to build life skills. The CollabARTive art process, however, places PPCS residents and staff on the same level as they become art students, instructed by local artists in a variety of different art forms such as creative writing, dancing, drumming, sculpture, and painting. Residents and staff succeed and fail together, and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. The CollabARTive also gives PPCS residents an opportunity to document their journeys from homelessness to independent living through different artistic mediums.
Managing Artist, Co-Founder
Community Relations Director Co-Founder