Artbeat Studio is participating in the CEO Sleepout 2015. The CEO Sleepout (Downtown Winnipeg BIZ) supports social agencies in their effortsÂ to bring attention and awareness to homelessness in our city and downtown community.Â Sponsor Lucille Bart (Executive Director, Artbeat Studio), who is participating in the CEO Sleepout.
Upbeat Artworks, a project of Artbeat Studio, operates with the generous support of Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Artbeat Studio will be offering tours during the CEO Sleepout to the participants. [hr]
CEO Sleepout 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015 (8PM start time, ends at 7AM next morning)
201 Portage Avenue (formerly CanWest Place)
Since 2011, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ has made a commitment to help address long-term social and economic costs of homelessness. Recently, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ organized its fourth annual CEO Sleepout in 2014 which recruited and mobilized over 150 leaders from the private and public sectors to help bring attention and awareness to the intricate and complex issue of homelessness in our city and downtown community. Over $200,000 was raised to support social agencies in their efforts to employ their participants and in providing them with quality-of-life supports and access to housing. Since 2011, over $600,000 has been raised by the private sector, helping to employ 137 people experiencing homelessness for more than 51,000 hours of employment â€” with many of these individuals returning to school or finding permanent full-time work. This event has also ignited a desire from the private/public sector to work together towards the creation of a long-term strategy to end homelessness through the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council’s (WPRC) Task Force to End Homelessness, co-chaired by SEED Winnipeg’s Cindy Coker and RBC’s Rob Johnston. Johnston has taken part in the CEO Sleepout annually since the event’s inception.[hr]