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“Evicted” Art Show Opening Sept 10 … and More!


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Timely art show, “Evicted,” is opening on September 10 at the Armory

It’s fairly rare to see art dealing with America’s growing housing crisis and rarer still to see an entire art show dedicated to the related tsunami of heartless evictions. But a new exhibit appropriately titled “Evicted” is doing just that … and it’s opening this Saturday at the Armory.

According to the show’s press release: “This immersive exhibition is based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer prize-winning book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” using new data developed by the Princeton Eviction Lab to examine the reasons for and fallout from the millions of American evictions each year.

“After a year spent living in a trailer park and a rooming house in Milwaukee, Desmond wrote Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. He interviewed landlords, realtors, and his neighbors who, already spending most of their income on rent, faced hard choices and ultimately eviction for nonpayment. Audiovisuals, photos as well as physical items, and “houses” the viewer can enter provide an immersive, tactile context that tells their stories.

“In addition, there will be a dedicated portion of the exhibit which depicts the current housing situation in Somerville. Captured through videos of local residents who are still on the waitlist for affordable housing along with infographics profiling specific renters/residents that can longer afford to live in Somerville. According to research done by CAAS, over 5,000 Somerville households pay more than 50% of their income on housing, as rental costs continue to soar in the Greater Boston area.”

The exhibit is being brought to Somerville by the Community Action Agency of Somerville in cooperation with the Welcome Project, the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Public Schools, Somerville Arts Council, Arts at the Armory, All She Wrote Books, Somerville Office of Housing Stability, Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services, De Novo Legal Services, YouthBuild Just A Start, and local artists.

For more information and to register for a special September 8 Opening Night event, check out the “Evicted” show  website at

And here’s a short promo video for the show produced by the Somerville Media Center:


Photo credit: Photo courtesy of the Community Action Agency of Somerville.

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