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WordsUncaged: Lancaster Prison Art and Writing Exhibit

December 21, 2016

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Where: Avenue 50 Gallery, Highland Park (131 North Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042)

When: April 8th- May 5th 2017

What: WordsUncaged is a creative, interactive, exhibit for incarcerated artists, writers, students and poets at California State Prison, Lancaster, to dialogue, and critically engage with YOU. We invite YOU to experience these voices, uncaged from the prison walls, and to imagine new ways of understanding our current system of mass incarceration in California, as well as alternatives to it—together.

This event celebrates the publication of the inaugural WordsUncaged Art & Literary Journal from Lancaster State Prison. It features original artwork, writing, poetry and sculptures, as well as portraits of men at California State Prison, Lancaster by photographer F. Scott Schafer, as well as portraits of family members of the incarcerated by Sister Inmate.

We will be offering a number of special events, lectures, and concerts to expand awareness of prison and prisoners, and to explore our common humanity, creatively—together.

April 8th Opening Reception 7.30-10.00pm

Friday Night Lecture Series

April 21st Sister Inmate: What Prison means to family members 7.30-10.00pm

April 28th Fair Chance Project: How prisons intersect our lives 7.30-10.00pm

Saturday Night Culture Series

April 22nd Performing Prison, featuring music by Tim Stafford, theatre by Amad Jackson and dance by Erica Brannon 7.30-10.00pm

April 29th Performing Prison, featuring music by Tim Stafford, theatre by Amad Jackson and dance by Erica Brannon 7.30-10.00pm

May 5th Closing Reception. Mi Prisión, Cinco de Mayo: Incarceration from a Latino perspective. (This event is a fundraiser for the Fair Chance Project) 7.30-10.00pm

Our Community Partners: Sister Inmate, Fair Chance Project, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), Healing Dialogue and Action, Karma Rescue’s Paws For Life, The Inmate Family Council, Jail Guitar Doors, Ave 50 Gallery, and Cal State LA’s Department of English.

Cal Humanities logoThis project is supported by a grant from California Humanities and from Cal State LA's Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good.