Art exhibition showcases work of formerly incarcerated

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Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris was the guest speaker at the recent opening of "The Redemption Project" art exhibition at the Arts League of Michigan Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center located at 311 East Grand River. The art was created by men who had been incarcerated

The Redemption Project exhibition stems from the Redeem program at the Martin Evans Baptist Church where Pastor Alonzo Bell and the congregation are dedicated to helping former convicts to re-integrate into society and, more specifically, helping the artists to be recognized for their talents.

At the exhibition opening, the artists spoke openly about their time behind bars and the people they used to be.

The audience heard about the removal of finished art pieces from an inmate's cell because it was considered to be contraband. Some of the artists had spent the better part of their lives incarcerated.

They also spoke about their personal change, their hopes, and their day to day challenges.

When guest speaker Langford Morris took the floor, her message was one of belief in oneself--following your passion no matter what the obstacles. She touched on many aspects of the difficulties that face former inmates who are trying to survive in society, especially as it relates to earning a living, gaining respect.

Mary Hollens, the Arts League of Michigan's, chief development officer and former senior director of development at Wayne Law, says that supporting arts and culture is another way that the legal community gives back.

The Redemption Project exhibition can be viewed from now through Friday, Oct. 21. All art is for sale. For additional information about the Arts League of Michigan, call 313- 956-8430.

Published: Wed, Oct 19, 2011

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