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Portraits for Change exhibit (public)

February 20, 2020 - March 12, 2020

portrait of Addis Michael Jr from Real Change exhibit

Real Change vendor Michael Addis


Portraits for Change Exhibit

Feb 20 – March 11, Allen Library Atrium

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Interdisciplinary Honors students in UW’s Citizenship Acts to Challenge Poverty want to change your mind about the underlying issues and context of people living unhoused in our community. So, as part of that course, we are hosting The Portraits for Change exhibit in collaboration with Real Change News.

Real Change brings these portraits to UW for the first time in partnership with the UW Honors Program. We think it is important to host this exhibit of portraits on the UW Campus because this is public education through art. At its heart, this exhibit invites you to think about people living outside in our city and King County. We hope you will see the beauty, complexity and humanity of Real Change Vendors who are portrayed. Biographies tell personal stories of their lives – and teach us that the only way to know about someone’s circumstances is to learn their story – please take the time to read them. And please complete the guest survey after your visit!

More about Real Change:

Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice. Learn more at main.realchangenews.org

More about the class:

Students are asked to engage deeply with homelessness and activism around the politics of affordability and injustice in our city. In this class, we are unlearning and refusing toxic definitions of poverty (as a personal failing, poor choice or worse). Instead we are focused on the enduring problem of inequality.
We focus on 3 things:
  1. The power of challenging toxic and ignorant narratives about people who are living outside
  2. The root causes of lack of shelter and of inequality — rooted in racism, classism, homo and trans phobia & ableism
  3. The work that Real Change does to build a just, caring and inclusive community, where people are no longer marginalized by these root causes and have the means to live with dignity.


February 20, 2020
March 12, 2020


Allen Auditorium & Atrium
4000 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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Jackson School of International Studies and UW Honors Program