Two of the paintings featured in "Incarcerated Artists' Creations from Within," the art exhibit element of the "Paint, Prison, and Possibilities: Conversations About Justice" event. (Source: The Moravian Center of Lancaster)
Two of the paintings featured in "Incarcerated Artists' Creations from Within," the art exhibit element of the "Paint, Prison, and Possibilities: Conversations About Justice" event. (Source: The Moravian Center of Lancaster)

The Moravian Center of Lancaster, The Islamic Community Center of Lancaster, and Art for Justice are coming together to present "Paint, Prison, and Possibilities: Conversations About Justice from Oct. 1 through Nov. 28.

The event features an exhibit of 30 artworks by incarcerated individuals entitled "Incarcerated Artists' Creations from Within," coupled with a series of four panel discussions on art and criminal justice.

Both the exhibit and discussions are being hosted by The Moravian Center of Lancaster, 227 N. Queen St., Lancaster, on the third floor of the building.

The panels will be as follows:

  • Solitary Confinement: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7
    • John Rowland – Coordinator of Statewide Campaigns for the Abolitionist Law Center
    • Lisa Kessler-Peters – Survivor of Solitary Confinement
    • E. Dewey Mullis, MSW, LCMHC-A – Behavioral Health Response Team at City of Greensboro
  • Issues Surrounding Reentry: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21
    • Carrie Kurtz – Lancaster Reentry Coalition Coordinator, Community Action Partnership (CAP)
    • Christopher Dreisbach – CEO Blueprints for Addiction Recovery
    • Pam Superville – Acting Deputy Director of Rise (Reentry Program for the City of Philadelphia)
    • Kate Good – Executive Director, Parish Resource Center
  • Art as a Human Right: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28
    • Ann Marie Kirk – Co Founder and Executive Director, Art For Justice
    • Diana Vuolo – Founder and Executive Director, SWAN: Scaling Walls A Note at a time
    • Sam Schindler – Adjunct Instructor, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
    • Jamie Beth Cohen – Writer and Storyteller
  • Conversations about the Lancaster County Prison: Thursday November 18 at 6:30 p.m.
    • John Maina – CEO, Central Pennsylvania Equity Project
    • Ahmet Tekelioglu – CAIR Philadelphia
    • Michelle Akritas – Founder, Lancaster Bail Fund
    • Jean Bickmire – President, Have a Heart for Persons in the Criminal Justice System

 

More panelists and discussion moderators are expected to be added.

Both the art exhibit and discussions are free and open to the public. The panels will also be available on Zoom, ID: 727 695 9529.

The art exhibit is available to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. on Lancaster's First Friday in October (Oct. 1) and November (Nov. 5).

Individuals and groups interested in touring the exhibit on other days may make appointments through Sign Up Genius, by calling The Rev. Mandy Mastros at (717) 397-9722 or emailing [email protected]. Classes, groups, organizations, individuals and families are all welcome to attend.

All attendees are required to wear masks while in the building.

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