Art Installation Eye Contact on Display in Riverfront Oct. 2-11, 2020

Presented by Riverfront in partnership with Volunteers of America, art draws attention to people experiencing homelessness

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:42 p.m.

SPOKANE – The Volunteers of America’s art installation Eye Contact will be on window display at the Pavilion at Riverfront Park October 2 – 11. The display will be available for public viewing during regular park hours, 6 A.M. – midnight.

Eye Contact invites local artists, including women and youth from local shelters, to display works. The project aims to draw attention to the needs of Spokane’s population experiencing homelessness, strengthen community bonds, and highlight available resources.

Artwork displayed inside the Pavilion will be visible from the exterior, creating an outdoor window gallery where social distancing can be practiced.

Volunteers of America provides emergency shelter, housing, education opportunities and medical stability to Spokane’s most vulnerable residents. In past years, Eye Contact has been VOA’s one-day art gallery and auction in support of Spokane shelters and the services they provide. Due to COVID, VOA is unable to host this annual event. They are instead looking to local downtown businesses to aid in providing exterior display options. The Riverfront Pavilion provides ample space and is an ideal location for a window display.

"We are grateful to Riverfront Park for providing a platform to exhibit our residents' artwork in the heart of the city as we raise awareness of those experiencing homelessness in our community,” said Rae-Lynn Barden, Marketing and Communications Director for Volunteers of America of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.