Attalah Shabazz, artist, activist, lecturer and writer
teamed up with Urban Possibilities to host a week-long art workshop at the Downtown Women’s Center. For a few hours each day, 25 women escaped the harshness of skid row and immersed themselves in swirls of bright colors creating beautiful tie-dyed t-shirts, tote bags and scarves.

Art Student with work

Shabazz weaved into each class discussions of self-worth and and inner-beauty in large doses. At the close of workshop the the women beamed. “It made me feel good about myself”
“It was fun and showed me that women can work together.” –
“I enjoyed the fellowship and sharing our thoughts and ideas”
Our thanks to executive director Lisa Marie Watson; program director Kyle Baldwin; the staff of DWC-- and our art workshop volunteers for making this event such a success- television producer Denise Hamilton and director/writer Angela Gibbs.

Our very special thanks to Ms. Shabazz for bringing her inspiring program to LA’s skid row, providing personalized hand-made gifts for each woman and creating an event we will all never forget.

Established in 1978, The Downtown Women’s Center is the only facility exclusively serving homeless women on LA’s skid row.

Student at work
Eyvette & student
Student proudly displays
her work of art.
“It made me feel special like I can do
anything I choose”

-Fannie M

“The class made me feel loved and accepted”
-Geraldine H

“It’s important for us to have a voice”
-Carol C

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