City Heart Spotlights Art Made by Homeless and Low-Income Artists in Boston

They will hold their annual art show and sale at the Prudential Center this weekend.

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This weekend, more than 50 artists will participate in City Heart’s¬†annual art show and sale at the Pru.¬†Unlike the hordes of other art shows that happen around the city (nothing against them, of course), this show is special because of who the artists are.

The annual City Heart sale¬†makes you reevaluate the tern¬†“starving artists,”¬†as all of the sellers¬†are homeless or low-income artists.

Take, for example, Donny, a City Heart artist from¬†the St. Francis House who paints local scenes of Boston. “Certain things just disappear, and I want to capture the beauty of that moment,” he says in a video profile. “As a child I had a lot of difficulties. ‚Ķ I ended up in prison, and while I was in prison, my parents passed away. Everything I knew disappeared. The artwork helped out greatly because people loved my pictures and they wanted them, so it felt like I belonged to¬†society.”

City Heart¬†was initiated in 2011, and has grown year by year, featuring hundreds of works by dozens of artists. The organization collaborates with artists from Cambridge Women’s Center, Common Art, New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Pine Street Inn, St. Francis House, and Women’s Lunch Place.

Visitors to the show get to see our fair city through a unique lens, while all proceeds go directly to the artists, supporting City Heart’s¬†mission to¬†“empower homeless and low-income artists through the celebration and sale of their work.”


The 2014 City Heart art show and sale takes place Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Prudential Center. Learn more at

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