SAFEHOUSE of the Desert Teens Install Art at WILDEST GREENS
Colorful graffiti-inspired artworks created by SafeHouse of the Desert teens as part of their Skills Lab Art Program were installed April 11 at Wildest Greens. The pieces were incorporated into the restaurant just in time to welcome festival-goers for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and are intended to act as a Step-and-Repeat backdrop for their photos.
Based in Thousand Palms, SafeHouse of the Desert offers immediate help to youth and families experiencing crisis situations. Staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the organization provides a 20-bed shelter for runaway, homeless and other youth in crisis ages 11 to 17.
Valohna Wynn—popularly known as “Lady V”—is the Art Director at SafeHouse, and took the lead in setting up the project. “This is a lovely collaborative effort,” she points out. “Denise DuBarry Hay has been a great supporter of SafeHouse over the years, and I was thrilled when she came to me to commission some works for the restaurant. I thought having some of the youth in our program involved in creating that art would be a real win-win.”
Along with Wynn and the teens at SafeHouse, Amanda James also assisted in the creation of the art pieces. James is a fine artist currently interning with Wynn, and plans to become an art therapist to help children in need.
The Skills Lab Art Program empowers and educates the young people who come through SafeHouse’s doors. The teens’ artworks deliver a message of hope while allowing them to learn techniques and self-sustaining skills they can use in the real world.
“Everything is art therapy,” says Wynn. “It helps them let their guard down and get their feelings out. Art is a therapeutic medium for change.”
Wildest Greens is located at 72990 El Paseo #3, Palm Desert 92260. For more information, go to WildestGreens.com or call (760) 636-0441.