The Barnes Foundation has repurposed its ticketing gatehouse into an art studio for participants in Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program. – Bethany Ao, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
Instructor/activist Davon Clark discusses the philosophy behind his nonprofit ADC Kid and how his poetry classes in the region’s juvenile detention centers are providing the tool of creative expression to incarcerated youth.
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Next summer, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will create a public art installation about criminal justice reform called “Voices.” Until then, it will foster discussions and workshops focused on solutions to the problems of mass incaceration. The first workshop took place Wednesday afternoon at Graterford prison, a maximum security state correctional institute in Montgomery County.
When El Sawyer was 17 years old, he was sentenced to 8 years in Graterford prison for a drug-related shooting. At night, he lay awake in his cell, in fear of a rotating string of cellmates in the bunk above him, thinking about what went on in the prison-the stabbings, killings, suicide, depression, and anger.
(Screenshot) If we want to reconcile the socioeconomic consequences of mass incarceration, we can’t ignore the cyclical nature of the environments we’re sending formerly incarcerated individuals back into. Those environments – produced by generations of marginalization – harness a nearly inescapable gravitational pull that victimize the people who live within them.