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January 26, 2009

Houston Public Library Reception to feature ArtBridge "A View From The Bridge" Photo Exhibit

Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6-8 PM
Jones Gallery | Houston Public Library - Central Library
500 McKinney, 77002
832-393-1313

Houston Public Library invites the community to a reception featuring the ArtBridge Photo Exhibit, "A View From The Bridge." The exceptional photos in this exhibit were selected from among hundreds taken by homeless children participating in ArtBridge's photography program, which provides them with an opportunity to discover their own uniqueness and importance through photography.

The exhibition is currently on view at the Jones Gallery (Central Library, 500 McKinney, 77002) and is expected to be available until March 15.

The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

About the ArtBridge
Founded in 1999 by two board-certified licensed art therapists, ArtBridge brings the expressive arts into the lives of children in homeless shelters. After working for more than 10 years in psychiatric hospitals with children and adolescents, the co-founders sought a way to broaden their experiences and benefit a larger community through ArtBridge. The program strives to combat the despair of homelessness by nurturing hope and self-esteem through creative expression. At a time when their emerging sense of identity and self-worth is most in need of support, homeless and other vulnerable children are left with few outlets for their emotional needs. The weekly art-making sessions ArtBridge Houston offers in Houston-area homeless shelters create a space free of judgment and expectation to allow children to discover their own creative voices.

For more information about ArtBridge or this exhibit, contact Beverly Bentley at artbridgehouston@sbcglobal.net or 713-527-9850.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 36 neighborhood libraries, two HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children's Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library patrons with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.


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