Mary Baxter, a single mother, is homeless, jobless, $40,000 in debt, and a convicted criminal. But, at age 35, she is also a burgeoning artist, accepted by the New York University Tisch Film School, the Art of Institute of Chicago, and the Moore College of Art; one of the faces of Sens.
• The crowd at ‘Women Unshackled’ heard from Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris about problems and solutions
• Victim’s family attends alternative justice event
• Prisoner worked to redeem himself in eyes of victim’s family
• You can still catch “Rethinking Reentry Through Art” at Philadelphia City Hall
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Artwork by recently released prisoners is now on display inside Philadelphia City Hall. The hallways on its second and fourth floors are lined with paintings and sculptures by people who had been in prison – from amateurs wielding felt pens to trained artists with a studio practice.
Redemption through music. This is the mission of Songs in the Key of Free, and organization that is showing solidarity with incarcerated individuals by bringing their voices, perspectives, and experiences to the public via song. It’s a collaboration with the SCI-Graterford Prison, The Curtis Institute of Music, and a handful of volunteers that help inmates realize their musical vision.
“Artwork, I knew, was the one thing that they could not take from me.” One of the highlights of the Mural Arts Program’s new project is that it’s giving a voice to people who don’t normally have one. A mural created by two formerly incarcerated artists will be dedicated at 4 p.m.
Learn to advocate for criminal justice reform at this weekend’s Breaking Down Walls conference – Generocity Philly
The conference, happening this Saturday, May 6, is for those who want to learn, build community, find resources for people who were previously incarcerated and their family members, and find ways to advocate for ongoing reform. This is no longer a partisan issue – it is one that impacts all of us and of which we are all a part.