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heARTfelt Thursdays: Overlap and Blur

“And there are never really endings, happy or otherwise. Things keep going on, they overlap and blur, your story is part of your sister’s story is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead.”  -Erin Morgenstern

Sculpture - Mermaid

Mimi is an Alumni member of our Passion 4 Youth art group.  Though Mimi was not ‘on the street’ when she joined, she was street-engaged and seeking community while struggling with her personal identity. She immediately fell in love with P4Y’s vision, and enjoyed being creative in a supportive group of peers. In the P4Y community she began to work-through her questions of identity, which is a remarkable thing to see.

Mimi spent a long time on this piece, with a lot of detail work and attention on the sculpture’s painting and hair. At one of P4Y’s bi-annual Art Show a woman Mimi was discussing the project with ended-up donating this hand-dye fiber. It was the perfect fit!

Mimi eventually left the program, leaving a space open to someone she thought might need this kind of help more. She left this piece behind, and has offered to have it auctioned off in support of the program. Her time at P4Y was very special to her and the rest of its community, and P4Y was privileged to be a part of journey of self-discovery. It is also interesting to think of how she chose to allow another to take her place, knowing what good it could do for someone else. Her identity will always be a part of the P4Y community, as she shaped herself within it she also altered the nature of the community, in a wonderful way.