Art Exhibit Connects Incarcerated Youth with Artists to Explore Justice Reform

2018 Justice Parade. (Photo: The Art League)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – LIFT US UP, DON’T PUSH US OUT asks the question, how would criminal justice reform differ if it was led by incarcerated youth?

Connecting incarcerated youth at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center with artists, legal experts, and advocates to radically reimagine Virginia’s juvenile justice system, this exhibition provides the answer. Including virtual reality experiences, photography, murals, and interactive audio installations that use human touch to activate stories from youth in the system, their media campaigns and mobile exhibits have connected the dreams, stories, and policy demands of youth in the juvenile justice system with tens of thousands across Virginia and beyond. 

LIFT US UP, DON’T PUSH US OUT

Performing Statistics: A Project by ART180 and Legal Aid Justice Center

Exhibit dates: January 8–February 3, 2019

Opening reception: Thursday, January 10, 6:30–8:00 pm


Join The Art League for this one of a kind experience and exhibition and hear directly from Virginia’s youngest and most powerful juvenile justice experts, supporting Legal Aid Justice Center’s advocacy work to directly affect laws and public policy that affect the school-to-prison pipeline. 

The exhibit was curated by Mark Strandquist, and will be on view January 9-February 3.

Location:

105 North Union Street

The Art League Gallery in Studio 21

(Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center)
Alexandria, VA 22314

Information:

www.theartleague.org

703-683-1780

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm

Sunday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm

Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community. The Art League is headquartered in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center.

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