Tuesday, October 6th 2020
We are re-imagining the present-day system of mass incarceration, looking at the bigger picture themes and historical ideas underpinning this system.
The art for this day also looks at some of these systems and sparks the imagination about how we might move beyond it.
Art for Justice
Art for Justice supports and exhibits prisoner art to engage viewers in conversations about individual worth and collective justice.
We believe an individual’s artwork, no matter where it is made, brings to life the unique creativity of the maker. Through the artwork, the artist tells a story that initiates a conversation with each viewer. One of the ways that a prisoner, locked far from society behind layers of barricades, can communicate with the larger society, is through art.
Art for Justice exhibit reach across deep divides in our society, reveals our shared humanity, and stimulates dialog about how to achieve a functional, accessible system of justice for all.
The three artists showcased by Art for Justice are currently incarcerated. You can read their stories here:
Jalen A. Law Collection
Jalen A. Law is a professional artist, art educator, and social entrepreneur focused on building a thriving arts scene in Buffalo, New York that can serve as a launching pad for the area’s talented emerging artists. To accomplish this, he founded the nonprofit organization Buffalo’s Own, Inc. in the fall of 2018 with a mission to build a central resource and incubator for artists of all mediums and at all levels to grow their creative careers and build their artistic brands at the local, regional, and national levels. He is also the co-owner and curator of the local art space Urban Art Gallery, established in July of 2019.
In addition to creating, Jalen has been teaching art to people of all ages since 2014, when he was asked to run art workshops for children at a summer camp. He’s also taught art classes at the University of Buffalo Anderson Gallery as well as designed and delivered workshops on emotional intelligence targeting at-risk youth in Erie County through the Buffalo Urban League, the Salvation Army of Buffalo, the Youth Empowerment & Leadership Program Family Help Center, MBK-Boys and Men of Color Initiative, and Best Self Behavioral Health. His research-based art program, called the Emotional Intelligence Program, equips students with social and emotional tools that will assist them inside and outside of the classroom. Jalen designed the program based on research from Yale University president Dr. Peter Salovey on Emotional Intelligence.
Through his gallery, Jalen creates custom, commissioned artwork for clients, serves as a live painter for corporate events and festivals, curates art exhibitions in collaboration with a wide range of partners in Buffalo and around the country, and presents live workshops and lectures. His goal is to use art as a vehicle to create opportunities for other up-and-coming artists while also teaching people of all ages to harness the power of art as a tool for personal development.”