School of Social Work gallery highlights inclusion

“Come As You Are,” an art exhibition from the LEAP Artist Collective, opens Oct. 10 at the School of Social Work’s first floor gallery. The exhibit continues through Dec. 13.

The show features more than 25 pieces created by artists from Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Service Center’s supportive housing facility at 1811 Eastlake Ave. The facility, which opened in 2005, provides housing to formerly homeless adults with chronic alcohol-use disorders. The first of its kind in Washington state, 1811 Eastlake has received national and international recognition for its effective approach. 

The exhibit’s theme revolves around the ideas of inclusion, equality and individuality, depicting the fact that we can all show up exactly as we are.  All profits from art donations go to the artists. 

The Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program, or LEAP, is an ongoing collaboration between the Downtown Emergency Service Center and the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center, located in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington - Harborview Medical Center.

Exhibit opening reception

A food and live music reception hosting some of the featured artists will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5-7 p.m. The event is open to the public.