Beyond the Blue Exhibition Panel Discussion + Opening Reception,
Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
February 12, 2019 | Panel @ 1pm & Opening 6 - 8 pm
Prison Arts Collective (PAC) works to expand access to the transformative power of the arts through collaboration and mutual learning that supports the development of self-expression, reflection, communication, and empathy through providing multidisciplinary arts programming.
With support from Arts in Corrections, a partnership between the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the PAC offers weekly art programming on 15 yards in 9 correctional institutions. “Beyond the Blue” is a traveling exhibition of over 100 works of art created by incarcerated participants in PAC programming in California state prisons. The artists seek to transform their lives through art. They express their aim to shift society’s stereotypical image of ‘inmate’ or ‘prisoner’ by sharing their personal expressions, goals, and talents to demonstrate their shared humanity.
Pitzer College Art Galleries - Claremont, CA
November 21, 2019 | 1 - 4 pm
Participants will gain insight into the meaning and experience of art in prison, engage in dialogue about the impact of art in the restorative justice movement, and create art and writing projects to reflect on the issues, narratives, and emotional responses to the exhibition.
This exhibition and related events are generously supported by the Justice Education Initiative at the Claremont Colleges, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artists and Scholars Endowed Fund; and Office of the Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College.
Downtown at Sundown: Stitching the Gap
San Diego State University Downtown Gallery - 725 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
January 16, 2020 | 6:15 - 7:15pm
Prison Arts Collective is creating a collaborative art project Healing Quilt. Participants will explore the relationship between creativity and rehabilitation in communities impacted by the criminal justice system.
We will explore the issues and ideas that make up the fact that the USA maintains the highest incarceration rate in the world and imagine solutions to heal the Prison Industrial Complex. This collaborative art project will represent solutions, thoughts, ideas, freedom, creativity and rehabilitation of the self and others. Does everyone have the right to express themselves creatively? Is creativity an essential aspect of freedom? What effect does creativity have on rehabilitation? If you were to draw something for the incarcerated, what would it be and why?
Prison Arts Collective (PAC) works to bridge societal gaps in understanding others through art and believes that art is a human right. PAC facilitates weekly multidisciplinary arts programming on 15 yards in 10 state prisons with support from Arts in Corrections, a partnership between the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Beyond the Blue Exhibition and Panel Discussion, MoAH: Cedar Center for the Arts - Lancaster, CA | August 31 - November 10, 2019
Beyond the Blue traveled to the Museum of Art & History's Cedar Center for the Arts. The collaborative project, 'Redemption', which was a workshop supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, was on display in the entryway of the gallery space. In the gallery, one room showcased artworks made inside the local prison, California State Prison, Los Angeles County, and the other room showcased artworks made in all of PAC partnering correctional institutions.
Beyond the Blue Exhibition and Booth, SELA Arts Festival at the LA River - South Gate, CA | | July 27, 2019
PAC was invited by Anti-Recidivism Coalition and Actors' Gang to exhibit artworks from Beyond the Blue and share an informational booth. The event was inside the LA River and alongside many talented artists.
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Beyond the Blue Exhibition, Asm. McCarty's Open House & Art Show - Sacramento, CA | June 12, 2019
On June 12, 2019, Prison Arts Collective displayed artworks from the traveling exhibition "Beyond the Blue" is Assemblymember Kevin McCarty's office. Asm. McCarty supported the work being done by PAC and Anti-Recidivism Coalition.
Beyond the Blue Exhibition, Garcia Center for the Arts - San Bernardino, CA | May 10 - June 9, 2019
From May 10 through June 9, 2019, artworks from PAC's "Beyond the Blue" were on display in San Bernardino's Garcia Center for the Arts. Demonstrating the diversity of artistic styles and depth of creative expression among artists that are incarcerated, this exhibition provided the unique opportunity for viewers to engage with works created by those participating in University-led arts programming while incarcerated.
From January 14 through January 25, 2019, selections from PAC’s second major exhibition “Beyond the Blue” were on display in the Annex Hallway of the California State Capitol. To celebrate, PAC staff members and former participants traveled to Sacramento and partnered with Senator Jim Beall, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition to host a reception.
Click here to learn more about the events surrounding this exciting exhibition!
Freedom Festival, Los Angeles Valley College, September 2017
Arts in Corrections Conference, Loyola Marymount University, June 2017
We host certificate ceremonies at the culmination of each 15-week session at the prisons where we facilitate classes. These ceremonies are meaningful to our participants and show their commitment and progress. Some tell us it is the first certificate they have ever received. Others share that they send it home to their families to show that they are engaged in productive projects while incarcerated. Most take it to the parole board.
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
Outstanding Professor Award, Annie Buckley, CSUSB, 2018-2019
Partner of the Year Award from Job Corps, Community-based Art, Inland Empire, 2015
Outstanding Faculty in Service, Annie Buckley, College of Arts and Letters, CSUSB, 2015
Presidential Honor Roll in Service, Annie Buckley, CSUSB, 2014
CONFERENCES, PANELS, AND GUEST LECTURES
June 2019: Arts in Correction Conference, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
May 2018: Guest lecture and panel, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
April 2018: Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
April 2018: Irish Prison Education Conference, Portlaoise, Ireland
October 2017: Beyond the Bars Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
August 2017: Society for the Study of Social Problems, Montreal, Canada
November 2016: National Conference for Higher Ed in Prisons, Nashville, TN
June 2016: Arts in Correction Conference, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
March 2016: National Art Education Association, Chicago, IL
November 2015: National Conference for Higher Ed in Prisons, Pittsburgh, PA
October 2015: European Association for Prison Education, Antwerp, Belgium
COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
CB1 Gallery: Based in downtown Los Angeles, CB1 Gallery hosted the PAC's first public exhibition, Through the Wall, in spring 2016. In 2017, gallery artist Phung Huynh will be a guest artist with the PAC.
Corita Art Center: We are pleased to collaborate with Corita Art Center of Los Angeles. In the summer of 2016, they invited our research team to the Center. Following the visit, they created a new curriculum based on the work and teachings of trailblazing artist and educator, Corita Kent, specifically for our programs in the prisons.
JP Durand and Liza Carbe of Incendio: We are thrilled to welcome these nationally touring musicians and friends of the PAC for special concerts at the prisons for our incarcerated participants.
Photos by Peter Merts
Photos by Andrew K. Thompson