Portraits of Justice, is a meaningful new project from Mural Arts that engages the public in reimagining the criminal justice system through the lens of art, advocacy, and policy reform.
On October 5 at 5 p.m., lead artists Russell Craig and Jesse Krimes will unveil their new collaborative mural on Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building, and poet Reginald Dwayne Betts will perform a reading of his work.
Betts is one of five Reimagining Reentry Fellows that will share their projects over the upcoming weeks, and I am so excited to see everybody's work come to fruition! Here is the full schedule of events in October and early November, if you'd like to know more:
(Artist Russell Craig working on the Portraits of Justice mural in his studio. Photo by Steve Weinik) Friday, October 5, 5–7PM: Opening event with poet Reginald Dwayne Betts MSB Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Thursday, October 11, 5–7PM: Participatory storytelling workshop with Shontina Vernon MSB Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Thursday, October 18, 5–7PM: Reentry simulation with Sue Ellen Allen Friends Center, Cherry Street Room, 1501 Cherry Street (free registration required)
MSB Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard And then on Friday, November 2nd, Mural Arts is hosting a free, full-day symposium at International House Philadelphia to encourage discussion on issues in reentry both local and national. The fifth Fellow, Luis Suave Gonzales, will have an exhibition on display and a featured conversation in the afternoon. You can check out the whole schedule and register for free here.