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Mural Arts Partners with Barnes, Former Inmates for Restorative Justice Program

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Feb 19, 2018

A recent AP article highlighted an ongoing partnership between Mural Arts Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) and the Barnes Foundation on a restorative justice program that sees current and former inmates creating public art projects, learning carpentry, and receiving help with reentry.

“When crime and violence happen, the narrative of people’s lives is destroyed,” said Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program. “Restorative justice asks us to come together and think about what forgiveness would look like, and art has a redemptive power.”

According to AP, “The Barnes has transformed its former ticketing office into a studio space for workers in a Mural Arts program called “The Guild.” It’s a paid apprenticeship for formerly incarcerated people, seen as a way to unite those affected by crime through shared creative expression. They learn everything from carpentry to metal work to printmaking and mural painting, and get an hourly wage. The program also offers support and tools to re-enter society, everything from help setting up bank accounts to getting a driver’s license.”

Read more about the collaboration here.

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