Streets Dept. is teaming up with Covenant House PA for an art installation about youth homelessness - Generocity Philly

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Oct. 18, 2016 7:32 am

Streets Dept. is teaming up with Covenant House PA for an art installation about youth homelessness

The two are producing "Am I Cut Out?" at Dilworth Park this Thursday.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the new number of cardboard cutouts to be displayed. Edit 10/19 @ 1:36 p.m.
Youth homelessness is often hidden. For one day, it will be hard to ignore.

This Thursday, Oct. 20, Conrad Benner of photo blog Streets Dept. and youth homeless shelter Covenant House Pennsylvania are presenting a one-day pop-up art installation called “Am I Cut Out?” at Dilworth Park. The installation will feature 250 pre-cut, people-shaped cardboard cutouts representing some of the 546 local young people who were turned away from Covenant House last year due to lack of space.

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We love seeing cross-sector partnerships, especially ones that tackle such intractable issues as homelessness in our city.

“We partnered with Conrad at Streets Dept. given his strong influence and following in Philadelphia,” wrote John Ducoff, Covenant House’s executive director, in an email. “Youth homelessness is an issue that many aren’t aware of and we’re working to fix that so that we can help more young people each year overcome homelessness. We’re very excited to partner with the Streets Dept. to raise awareness and increase our reach and footprint.”

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