INMATE ART EXHIBIT


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. 

http://safestreetsarts.org/Home_Page.html

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.

About Tullahoma Art Center

"Preserving the past, engaging the present and nurturing the future of Middle Tennessee by stimulating diverse creative expression, positive encouragement and quality, regional opportunities for access to and instruction in the Arts and Humanities." The Tullahoma Fine Arts Center is an ADA-compliant facility committed to the development of quality cultural experiences and education by providing access to and instruction in the Arts and Humanities, and influencing the direction of area visual, literary, performing and creative arts. TFAC, above all, encourages professionalism in the artistic community and among its artists and students, thereby raising standards of excellence in creativity, design and the production and practice of cultural craftsmanship. We promote the development of arts programming opportunities by offering classes, demonstrations, performances, publications and exhibitions. We are currently expanding our Member Gallery so that members may display and/or sell their original works -- creating unique marketing opportunities for them to reach local, regional and national audiences. We strive to increase public experience, understanding, appreciation and awareness of (as well as access to) the Arts and Humanities, especially in underserved and disenfranchised communities. TFAC seeks to strengthen our existing Regional Art Museum and lending library by encouraging donations of books, works of art and the endowment of funds to secure further permanent collections of both. We are actively exploring ways to assist area school systems with their Arts and Humanities curriculums, providing both extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities for gifted and talented students as well as for the academically and economically disadvantaged. Finally, we are firmly committed to partnering with civic organizations, other non-profits, city, county and state governments to compliment each another’s fields of expertise.