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Artspace exhibiting art by the incarcerated

  • A photomontage, “Chair People,” by Nelson Lacaprucia, 2018. FILE PHOTO


Staff Report
Friday, October 12, 2018

GREENFIELD — Artspace will present the 5th annual exhibit of art and writing by people incarcerated at Franklin County jail from Monday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Nov. 16. There will be a free public reception on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.

The Elm Street Think Tank is sponsor of the exhibit, “inside art v,” a group of incarcerated people and community educators who have met weekly since 2013 inside the jail to share ideas and creative expressions, and to work on collective projects. Artists will not attend the show or reception, as many are still incarcerated.

This year’s show features works of photography, art and writing that reflect on the themes of addiction, love, justice and freedom.

“inside art v” calls attention to the approximately seven million people in the United States who are under correctional supervision (imprisoned, on probation or parole), including 2.3 million people held in jails and prisons. Most of the 219,000 women who are incarcerated in the United States are mothers who, prior to their arrests, were primary caregivers of their children under the age of 18.

All the artists and writers in “inside art v” will be coming home, and like millions of others, will experience difficulties long after they complete their sentences.

Children with a parent who has been inside are three times as likely as other children to become involved in the criminal justice system — according to a recent study by the Juvenile Law Center, and children in foster care “face a disproportionate risk of being incarcerated.”

Elm Street Think Tank invites the public to join local and national efforts to address the root causes of harm, injury, and cycles of incarceration.

Artspace is at 15 Mill St. in Greenfield. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or by appointment.

For more information, call 413-772-6811, email info@artspacegreenfield.com or visit: www.artspacegreenfield.com