Restorative justice collaboration helps formerly incarcerated individuals make connections through art

Barnes Foundation teams with Mural Arts’ re-entry program – Philly

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

Davon Clark talks about his media company geared for children

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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Mural Arts Program curates public art installation about criminal justice reform

Philly’s Mural Arts reaches out to prisoners as it shapes installation on criminal justice

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.

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From Graterford to grants, El Sawyer has used his past to affect others’ future

Bobbing and Weaving Through A Minefield

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.

Gravity can’t hold local filmmakers or released offenders down

How these local filmmakers are exposing the root of recidivism – Generocity Philly

(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.