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)
Thursday, October 25, 6–8PM: Audiovisual performance from Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter
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.