Austin's Homeless Express Themselves Through Art

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An organization in Austin, Texas, is giving homeless people in the city a way to express themselves.

Twice a week, more than 30 people participate in the program known as Art from the Streets.

The program meets in a downtown art studio that provides all of the art materials. People living on the streets are able to come in and work on their painting and drawing skills.

"When they are given the opportunity to create art, they are reminded about what's special in them," the organization's spokesperson Yvonne Baughman said. "Each person brings their own energy, own ideas use the materials and creates something,"

"It's nice to sit down and look at everybody else and talk to everyone else while they do their art," Howard Cook said.

Every year, an art show is held where the artists can sell their work. They get to keep 90 percent of the proceeds. Some earn enough money from their art sales to be able to get off of the streets.

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