Safe Streets Arts (http://www.SafeStreetsArts.org) and The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center present a unique exhibit of Art from the criminal justice system..
This one-of-a-kind exhibit is open to the public, August 9 through August 30, 2014:
Th, Fr, Sa: 10 am — 4 pm
Community Reception: August 14, 11 am – 2 pm — Light food & drinks provided.
The Safe Streets Arts Foundation is an outgrowth of the Prisons Foundation, which has long sought to improve training and educational opportunities for men and women in prison. The discovery was made that no matter how much training and education are available to prisoners, they will not succeed without self esteem.
Participating in the arts while in prison helps inmates develop a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, which are vital for a successful reintegration back into society. It also helps them convey their message through the art they create–an apology, a call for reconciliation, or a cry of innocence.
Safe Streets Arts support of imprisoned artists, writers and musicians includes providing them with critiques of their work, sending supplies to their prisons (including musical instruments), connecting inmates to mentors who will help them in prison and upon their release, and showcasing prisoner visual, dramatic and musical creations in our galleries and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There is never a charge for their services. They are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations and individual donors,
They seek to use the arts as a rehabilitative and therapeutic tool for men and women in prison, and more broadly as a means for others in the justice community to convey their ideas and feelings. Their Justice Arts Program at the Kennedy Center is presented as part of the Kennedy Center’s Page–to-Stage Festival embraces victims of crime, law enforcement officers, and corrections professionals in addition to the work of prisoners.
The proceeds from art sales at this exhibit will go towards inmate art supplies, restitution fees and financial obligations to victims’ funds, if any.