WASHINGTON (WDVM) – Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is pleased to announce the opening of Invisible Words, a public art exhibition showcasing a selection of homeless characters. The exhibition will use art to raise awareness, empathy and compassion for people who are homeless and / or living in poverty.
“Homelessness is a heartbreaking and complicated problem and art has the power to make you think,” says Wendy Abrams, a social activist who created the exhibition. “This exhibition is designed to encourage viewers to see things you haven’t seen before or to see them through a different lens.”
Invisible words are conceived as an exercise in empathy, as well as an opportunity for viewers to question the meaning of words. The signs will be on display in the gallery on the fifth floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, in direct contrast to the sidewalks and underpasses where they were manufactured and purchased throughout the United States.
“IVC presents Invisible Words to open more hearts to empathy and inspire service and advocacy that brings real and lasting hope,” said Mary McGinnity, President and CEO of IVC.
“Invisible words are quietly powerful,” said Mary Podesta, vice president of the national committee for the IVC. It draws you into what the authors say – often eloquent, poetic, ironic, self-reflective – always human.
The shop window was designed by Wendy Abrams, a social activist. Abrams previously led the team behind the public art show Cool Globes, which featured oversized globes showing solutions to climate change. Cool Globes debuted in Chicago in 2007 in partnership with the Field Museum and the City of Chicago. Cool Globes has traveled to four continents and has been translated into nine languages since 2007.
IVC brings Invisible Words to Washington, DC. IVC strives to reach a wide audience to raise knowledge, understanding and compassion for people who are homeless or lack resources. The IVC aims to empower and bring hope to those stuck in poverty and inequality as a national official corps of men and women over the age of 50. IVC is now present in 22 U.S. cities, providing services to more than 300 social service groups that have demonstrated their effectiveness.
The 50-character exhibition will premiere at the new, beautifully modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. DC from March 13 to June 30, 2022. For more information contact [email protected]