The Invisible Project
What does it mean to have a home? What happens to an individual, family, or community when faced with homelessness?
Homelessness in Porter County does not conform to traditional assumptions about who experiences homelessness and why it occurs. The Invisible Project, an innovative traveling exhibit, makes visible local stories of homelessness through first-person stories, infographics, and art.
The Invisible Project is the result of a partnership between Valparaiso University’s Welcome Project and Professor Yeohyun Ahn’s Graduate Digital Media Class; the Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing; Housing Opportunities; Gabriel’s Horn; and Dayspring Women’s Center. Many thanks to our partners and participants in this project!
March 19 – April 16, 2016 Porter County Museum
April 18 – May 31, 2016 Valparaiso University Christopher Center
June 1 – June 20, 2016 Porter County Community Foundation
June 20 – July 11, 2016 First United Methodist Church, Valparaiso
July 11- August 8, 2016 Healthlinc Valparaiso
August 8 – September 12, 2016 Chesterton Town Hall
September 12- October 3, 2016 Duneland YMCA, Chesterton
October 3 – October 28, 2016 Portage Public Library
October 28 – November 14, 2016 Gardner Center, Miller
November 14 – December 31, 2016 Living Hope Community Church, Valparaiso
January 2 – January 23, 2017 Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso
January 30 – February 27, 2017 Salem United Church of Christ, Wanatah
March 6 – April 3, 2017 Westchester Township History Museum, Chesterton
April 3 – April 22 Porter County Museum, Valparaiso
Funding and support provided by: Valparaiso University’s Cultural Arts Committee, Porter County Community Foundation, Porter County Museum, Valparaiso University’s Welcome Project, and other donors.
The Invisible Project exhibit includes student work from Professor Yeohyun Ahn’s graphic design course in Valparaiso University’s graduate digital media program (Comm 598, Fall 2015). As art director of student design, Professor Ahn worked closely with students throughout the year to create pieces for the Invisible Project exhibit. Students selected for inclusion in the exhibit and/or catalogue include: Shiqi Guo, Zhisheng Hao, Patricia Andrews Jarosz, Rob Lee, Neaz Mustafa, Ge Qin, Zhiying Ruan, Ning Shen, Sarhang Sherwany, Zhen Tong, Yixi (Rosie) Wang, Jake Wulbert, Wanlu Zhou, and Zihan Zhu.