So Say All and Space 4 Art Partner to Provide a Week-long Summer Arts Camp to Father Joe’s Villages’ Homeless Teens

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 31, 2012 – In response to the funding cuts for youth arts education programming, especially in communities which rely on public funding and whose youth could benefit from them arts education the most, three local non-profits, So Say All, Space 4 Art, and Father Joe's Villages, have partnered to provide an intensive week-long summer arts camp to the homeless teens of Father Joe's Village’s St. Vincent de Paul Village and Toussaint Academy.

At Space 4 Art from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3, 10a.m. to 2p.m., a different teaching artist will introduce the teens to a new artistic medium and lead them in creating works of their very own.

On Saturday, August 4, at 7pm, Space 4 Art will host a showcase reception displaying the teens' work and feature performances of the poems they've created over the last year with So Say We All, as well as special guest performances by So Say We All veterans such as teaching artist Lizz Huerta. Monserrat Lopez, the homeless teen resident from Toussaint Academy who recently sang the national anthem at both a San Diego Padres game and the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open WTA Tennis Tournament, will be on hand to perform some original songs as well.

The week’s schedule follows.

Monday:            Nuvia Crisol Guerra - collage and sculpture

Tuesday:            Linda Litteral - painting and journaling

Wednesday:      Ben De Hart - chalk art; San Diego Guild of Puppetry - mask making

Thursday:          Elijah Rubottom - wood work sculpture

Friday:                April Ventura - poetry and performance

Saturday:           Arts and performance showcase – 7p.m.

This first endeavor is an experiment in the hopes of expanding arts programming between the three organizations in the future all year round.

So Say We All's arts education programming at Father Joe's Village, as well as the summer arts camp, is made possible by the generous support of the Mason-Hirst Foundation and Joanna Hirst.

Space 4 Art is located at 325 15th Street  San Diego, CA 92101.

About Space 4 Art

Space 4 Art currently provides 32 work studios and 5 work/live studios for over 40 of San Diego’s finest artists, designers, and craftspeople. The centrally located facility has an abundance of natural light, spacious galleries, and multiple shared community and performance spaces. Space 4 Art also offers support facilities for artists working in a variety of creative media. In addition to their work as volunteer builders, the tenant/artists of Space 4 Art perform six hours of service every month to keep costs down and their rent affordable. Tenant/artists are also contributing members of one of five highly specialized and productive committees focusing on areas such as gallery exhibitions and programming.

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Ruby Couglar



About So Say We All

Created in February of 2009 and based in San Diego, CA, So Say We All (SSWA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization whose mission is to connect local artists with local audiences by producing accessible events in new and unexpected locations.

Media Contact:

Justin Hudnall



About Father Joe’s Villages

Father Joe’s Villages® is a San Diego-based nonprofit that helps homeless neighbors in need regain their independence, through a unique life-changing program that is nationally recognized and modeled for its effectiveness. The organizations groundbreaking approach to rehabilitation, known as the “University of the Human Spirit,” addresses the underlying causes of homelessness to break the cycle and help thousands of people become responsible, self-sufficient, productive citizens and pass their regained independence and life skills on to their children and families. When we help one person, we help generations of families and communities. For more information, please visit:


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Douglas Wagner



Melanie Venter



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