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ShowzArt: Elevating the Unsheltered Community in Skid Row
Episode 12618th May 2021 • Not Real Art • Crewest Studio
00:00:00 01:11:14

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One of the most important purposes of art is to shed light on issues and people that may not always be in the spotlight. Artists spark conversations and are foundational pillars in many social justice movements. Showzart, the Art Jedi, is a muralist, community organizer, and resident of Skid Row. He works tirelessly to elevate the Skid Row unsheltered community. In this episode, we hear more about Showz’s journey and how he came to be a prominent artistic voice in this L.A neighborhood. He shares how he went from keeping his art dream at arm’s length to trusting his universal calling and following his dreams. Showz understands his purpose as an artist; it is not about money or fame, but rather to be a conduit for so many important causes. We talk about the power of love and energy, the magic that comes when you follow your calling, and the joy in being aligned with your purpose. We also discuss homelessness and the importance of shifting our perceptions around unsheltered and unhoused people. It is so important for us to move away from a place of judgment to one of compassion and love for all of our neighbors. Showz is not only an incredible artist, but a phenomenal human being, and we are so proud that he is part of the Not Real Art Family.


Key Points From This Episode:

  • Showz’s background and the work he currently does. 
  • Details about Showz’s new studio, which he has been wanting for years. 
  • Why it was so important for Showz to have a studio that was open to other artists. 
  • Showz’s connection to Skid Row and the niche he has carved in the community. 
  • How Showz’s idea of his art changed and led him to see his abilities differently. 
  • The sign Showz’s got that made him realize he needed to pursue his art dream. 
  • Why Showz does not see himself as a revolutionary artist. 
  • How Showz and Man One met and the doors that opened after this. 
  • A powerful story of how Showz realized the universe was using him for a greater purpose. 
  • We have to save ourselves and each other; we don’t necessarily need religion. 
  • Showz’s view of race and how he sees that aspect of himself and others. 
  • What Showz loves about this generation; the willingness to drop labels. 
  • What people need to know about homelessness and life on the street. 
  • It is so important to stop judging people who are homeless, it can happen to any of us. 
  • The lessons Showz is teaching his son about integrity and being a leader. 
  • Why we need to focus on purpose and stop getting distracted by false idols. 
  • What Showz is moved by; it’s not being recognized, but being aligned. 
  • How Showz continues to give back to his community. 
  • The growth that has happened during the pandemic and the strength so many of us have gained.

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