Project PAINT

Jul 2
07.02.2015 6:00 pm

MOPA will be open late until 8 p.m. for Late Night Thursdays on July 2 with Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative. Works of art created by Project PAINT participants and photographs of the program in action will be on display in the lobby from 6 - 8 p.m. Speakers, including prison arts photographer Peter Merts, will be on hand to discuss the program and answer any questions. Art can be purchased through a silent auction.

Project PAINT is an arts organization dedicated to serving the needs of adult incarcerated populations. It began in late 2013 as a volunteer organization, but soon received funding as part of a larger Arts-in-Corrections contract received by the William James Association in 2014.This funding, provided by the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, has made Project PAINT’s current project possible. This program is an eight-month Arts- in-Corrections class that aims to teach drawing skills, ways of artistic self-expression, sculpture, and found object collage to over 40 participating Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility inmates. The goal is to create collaborative projects, conduct visual arts and fine crafts workshops, and provide informative lectures for inmates as part of their arts rehabilitation. Project PAINT’s eight-month program is coordinated and documented by Founding Director Laura Pecenco and is co-taught by professional artists Kathleen Mitchell and Tara Centybear. The program takes inmates through instruction on drawing, painting, sculpture, and critical group critiques. Accepted participating inmates have to show a high level of artistic talent and are selected through an in-depth application process. 

Photography by Peter Merts