Juvenile in Justice

  • The Icebox
  • Nov 8 - Dec 12
  • Opening Reception: Friday, November 8
  • Wed-Sat 12-6PM / Mon-Tues by appointment only
  • Free & Open To The Public

Organized by Philadelphia non-profit InLiquid, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, Juvenile In Justice is an exhibition of works by artists Richard Ross, Roberto Lugo, and Mat Tomezsko, which will be presented at the Crane Arts Building in Kensington from November 8 through December 12, 2013. The exhibition will be shown in three exhibition spaces of the Crane building: the Icebox Project Space, the Grey Gallery, and the Big Hall. Juvenile In Justice will participate in the nationally important conversation about juvenile incarceration and advocate for the positive social effects of creative arts education and its need as part of the reform of the juvenile justice system.

In the Icebox Project Space, the exhibition will present 75 documentary photographs drawn from internationally renowned photographer Richard Ross’ Juvenile-In-Justice series. These works are accompanied by 57 texts that give voice to the reflections of young people in detention. In the Grey Gallery, Roberto Lugo, an artist who grew up in the Kensington district of Philadelphia and whose work reflects his own personal experience, will present 25 new and recent ceramic works. In the Big Hall of Crane Arts, Philadelphia artist Mat Tomezsko’s series of 94 paintings entitled There Is No, created in collaboration with young people from the Covenant House Shelter for homeless young people, will be shown in its entirety. At the center of the Icebox, and based on one of Ross’ images, will be a full-scale reproduction of a juvenile confinement cell. This will provide visitors with a visual example of the living conditions many of these young people face. Surrounding this display, a group of computer terminals will allow visitors to surf websites, in order to research and learn about the subject of Juvenile In Justice. A podium and seating area will provide space for public speaker events and film projections.

Reaching out to the community, Juvenile In Justice will present a wide range of programs and information for adults, youth, professional communities, and underserved populations. A central platform will be a Youth Ambassador Program comprised of creative students from diverse and underserved communities in Philadelphia, who will hold a leadership role in the exhibition through hosting events, conducting interviews with invited professionals, and creating artistic responses to the show that will be put on display in the Crane. Subsequently, during 2014 this Youth Ambassador exhibition will be circulated to community based art centers in the region.

The main objectives of Juvenile In Justice are:

Raise awareness of a national issue and show what Philadelphia is doing to improve our juvenile justice systems.
Give our community’s youth a voice in the exhibition through a Youth Ambassador Program.
Provide a public platform for local organizations and collaboratives to share their programs and resources.
Take real steps to breaking the school to prison pipeline in our community.

Calendar of Events:
Nov 7: Youth Ambassador Reception and Preview (4-6pm)

Nov 8: Artist Talk with Richard Ross and Roberto Lugo,
followed by a Public Opening Reception (6-9pm)

Nov 21: Daytime Film Screening and Discussion for Youth

Dec 3: #GivingTuesday Day of Events:
Opening Panel Discussion (9am), a Youth Criminal Record Expungement Clinic (10:30-4pm), and an Evening Event and Awards Ceremony (7-10pm)

Dec 12: Youth Ambassador led Youth Art Show Opening (4-6pm)

More Information at InLiquid.org

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