PROJECT 837 :  


Project 837 is an art project designed to start a conversation about definitions of home and homelessness. “Home” conjures up diverse emotions, feelings, and concepts, which are rooted in a person’s identity. More specifically, Project 837 seeks to challenge definitions of homelessness while also raising awareness about some of the realities of Baltimore’s homeless population. The number 837 refers to the square footage that would be available to individuals in Baltimore if all of the vacant housing were transformed into housing for the homeless. Partners in this exhibition include Project PLASE, which provides essential housing and support services to homeless citizens, and VisArts in Rockville, MD. This project involves artists, researchers and individuals who are interested in home and homeless issues.

This exhibition will be presented in two phases. The first phase commences on March 17th at Project PLASE. This venue is atypical for an exhibition; it will be spread over two floors of an old school building. Then the second phase begins October 14th at VisArts in Rockville; the major focus will be on workshops targeted at the local population. Project 837 will have on-going workshop programs and a lecture series with partner institutions from December 2014 until the end of the second exhibition.

ABOUT “837”

This project came from the question of why 16,000 vacant buildings with an average of 214 m2 area cannot house 4088 homeless people in Baltimore City. If we divide the total area of all the vacant buildings in Baltimore City by the number of homeless people found therein, we get the potential space (837 square meeter or 9009 square feet) for one homeless person to live in. The number 837 refers to the space, in square meters, that each homeless person could occupy if Baltimore’s vacant buildings were renovated into adequate housing. The figure is equivalent to 9,009 square feet per person.






Kaplan Gallery, Visarts at Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross

Hye Young Kim

 Ji Ye Kim

Sung Min Lee

Seon Young Park

 Rui Sasaki

Hwa Jin Shin

Paul Shortt

Naoko Wowsugi

Jenna Wright

Cici Wu

Doo Hyun Yoon

Light Switch Dance Theatre

Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group


 [Workshop] Beyond the House by Sung-Min Lee
Thursday, October 29th, November 5th, 4 - 5:30pm

[Performance] Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group
Friday, October, 30th, 8:00pm
Nancy Hvlik’s Dance Performance Group will respond to the topics and questions raised by the Project 837 exhibition and workshops by interacting with the installations as well as audience members.

[Workshop] News From Home - Postcard Making 
Saturdays, November 7th,14th,21st, December 5th & 12th 2 - 4:00pm
All materials supplied by VisArts.
Free and open to the public.

[Workshop] Pop-Up Homes by Jenna Wright
Saturday, November 7th,14th & 21st 2 - 3:00pm
All materials supplied by VisArts.
Free and open to the public. 

[Performance] Bedroom Without Walls by Hye Young Kim
Friday, November 13th & 14th 10:00am - 4:00pm @ public space around VisArts

[Workshop] How to Loiter by Paul Shortt
Saturday, November 14th & December 5th, 2:00pm

[Performance] Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group
Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 p.m. Dance performance in response to “How to Loiter”
Kaplan Gallery and on the street.

[Lecture] What is Home?
Curators lecture by Yunjeong Hong and Yeim Bae, Wednesday, 12:00, December, 2nd
Free and open to the public.

[Performance] NEST: Precious Little Things (excerpt from NEST)
Light Switch Dance Theatre


 DATE : NOV. 15. 2015


 Kaplan Gallery, Visarts at Rockville

   155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850


9:30 am– Welcome/Registration 

10:00 am – Opening/Curators’ talk
-Opening address: Susan Main (VisArts Gallery Director and Curator)
-Introduction Project 837: Yeim Bae &Yunjeong Hong (co-curators)

10:30 am – Keynote Presentation: Mary Slicher 
-Project PLASE: Find a way HOME 
-Clients from Project PLASE

11:30 am- Jenna wright – Pup-up Home presentation & workshop

12:30 pm- Lunch Break -Screening Video, "(In)visible Voices" by Aletheia Shin
-Food provided by VisArts 

1:00 PM - Homelessness from Various Perspectives

Discussion 1. Homelessness from Various Perspectives

Not everyone has experienced losing their home. It is not considered a typical experience. Sadly, this does not reflect reality. It is happening now, and happening everywhere to all kinds of people. “Home” conjures diverse emotions, images, and concepts, which are rooted in a person’s identity. With that in mind, this symposium looks at “home” from various perspectives: as a place where we currently reside, a family, a memory of a place where we previously lived, or, in a broader sense, a hometown or country we may have left behind. The symposium also seeks to challenge the definition of homelessness, while raising awareness about realities faced by Baltimore and Rockville’s homeless population.

Topic 1: What is “home”? 

The question ‘What is home?’ is necessarily raised when trying to understand homelessness. ‘Home’ is considered a safe space. It is necessary for a minimum standard of living. It hosts social interactions. Examining the definition of “home” will lead to an altered perspective, which we will use to re-examine the original question of “What is home?”

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Mary C. Slicher has been the Executive Director of Project PLASE, Inc. since January 1987. She is one of the original founders of the organization, which formed in 1973 when she was an undergraduate student. She has worked in a variety of direct service, administrative, managerial and organizing capacities since that time. Project PLASE’s focus is to serve homeless men and women, with an emphasis on those with the greatest need, both in a direct service and housing role as well as by advocating to change the causes of poverty and homelessness. 

Topic 2: How do people lose their “home”? 

Many people believe that becoming homeless could never happen to themselves. This however, is not true. Following the economic crisis, the newly homeless-rendered people evolved new iterations of homelessness that do not conform to normal stereotypes. We will address the current state, the what, how, and why of homelessness.

Aletheia Shin -Presentation

-Roundtable discussion with discussion leader (Q&A)
2:30 PM – Break –Snack & coffee

Perfume 837 promotion by JiYe Kim

2:45 PM - Discussion 2. Identity, Space and Mobility- the Artist’s Perspective

Artists often move around in service of their work. The term ‘Nomad’ has come to characterize the 21st century artist. When faced with the possibility or reality of homelessness, artists immediately integrate that perspective into their work. Many variables determine when a person experiences stability, and when they experience change. People are necessarily changed by their experiences, by factors including ones conditions, expressions of individuality, and the places they have experienced- including but not limited to ones old homes, hometown, culture, nationalities, age, and ones race and gender. Featured will be artists who have experienced the feeling of homelessness, who will share their experiences and study of life in a home and without, emphasizing their perspectives on new forms of human life.

Between Private and Public Space: Bedroom Without Walls and Can You Change My Bedroom - Hye Young Kim

Art & life - Hamid Naweed

Grass pillow - Naoko Wowsugi


DATE : March 17-April 25.2015

RECEPTION : March 19.2015


MAIN OFFICE building
Project PLASE, Inc.

Inc.3549-3601 Old Frederick Ave. Baltimore, MD 21229 

Artists for Part 1

About Home as Occupying the Space


About  Home as Nostalgic Monument
About  Home as Diaspora of <the others>


Project Plase



Mary Slicher


UMBC Magazine summer 2003

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Project PLASE serves approximately 450 individuals in their transitional and permanent housing programs each year and thousands over the past 36 years.


Project PLASE, Inc. addresses homelessness by providing transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults. We serve the most vulnerable and underserved, including persons with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, addiction, developmental disabilities and ex-offenders. 


PLASE hosted an evening of monologues at the Strand Theater in May, 2011 to give our courageous clients an opportunity to share their honest and heartfelt stories of homelessness and more importantly, of hope. Audience members were touched by the stories of raw emotion. The monologues and excerpts from the evening can be found on the PLASE YouTube channel. Please check out the inspirational monologues! 


Does your class or church group ever wonder why so many people are homeless in Baltimore and what is being done to combat it? Project PLASE has a burgeoning Homeless Speakers Bureau to educate our community about the realities of homelessness. Our engaging band of staff, volunteers, and formerly homeless clients provide distinct and valuable perspectives on the state of being homeless and what PLASE is doing to end homelessness for our citizens.

Invite Project PLASE to speak! It can be for a small class/meeting or to an assembly of your entire congregation. It can be 10 minutes or 30 minutes, 1 speaker or 4. Contact our Community Projects Coordinator at or 443-982-0769 for details.



VisArts is a non-profit arts center dedicated to engaging the community in the arts through educational programming, gallery exhibitions and a resident artist program.

Community Outreach

VisArts participates in many community activities in an effort to raise the visibility of the arts and encourage people to participate in arts activities. We work with other Town Center businesses on many of their events throughout the year; we collaborate with our local library by offering demonstrations by our resident artists in their facility and we bring art activities to community festivals and celebrations.

VisArts hosts many free community activities in conjunction with our gallery shows and exhibitions. This past year we held several family friendly events as part of our celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Mardi Gras and Winter Solstice. VisArts is committed to continuing these free events as part of our mission to engaging the community in the arts.


Published in Youtubeon May 9, 2014. 

Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group at VisArts. 

Kaplan Gallery Site Specific Work

Uploaded Youtubeon Jan 25, 2012

Rockville 11 covers the VisArts Lunar New Year celebration in Rockville Town Square. Interviews include Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, Councilmember Bridget Donnell Newton, Tom Moore, County Councilman Phil Andrews and State Senator Jennie Forehand (D-17).

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MICA's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Curatorial Practice prepares students to take a responsible approach to the expanding role curators play in creating a vibrant cultural life in the 21st century's global society. Designed to forge connections among art, artists, and the community, the program's collaborative and individual curatorial projects allow students to explore new methods of exhibition presentation—thinking outside of traditional models and training to create relevant, timely, and accessible exhibitions for their audiences. New models include considering the surrounding community or history of the venue as inspiration when organizing exhibitions. This innovative graduate program is the first MFA in Curatorial Practice in the United States.


  • Hands-on, collaborative, inclusive, and diverse,

  • Artist-focused, object-focused, and audience-focused.

  • We congregate. We invite. We engage. We discuss. We write. We design. We research. We build.

  • Thinking about institutions, social practice, performance, politics, and culture.


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