InLiquid is proud to be partnering with the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office to exhibit the works of our Juvenile In Justice Traveling Youth … [Read More...]
Organized by Philadelphia non-profit InLiquid, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, Juvenile In Justice was an exhibition of works by artists Richard Ross, Roberto Lugo, and Mat Tomezsko, presented at the Crane Arts Building in Kensington from November 8 through December 12, 2013. The project began eighteen months ago when Rachel Zimmerman, Executive Director of InLiquid, and Independent Curator Julien Robson began talking about Richard Ross’ photographs of incarcerated youth and how this work should be exhibited in Philadelphia. In particular, they wanted to make local audiences aware of the critical discussion about juvenile incarceration occurring nationally and to give a voice to at-risk communities. Kensington-native ceramics artist, Roberto Lugo, and Philadelphia based painter, Mat Tomezsko, were introduced as creative answers to Ross’ call for action. Their works are highly personal and share stories of loss, struggle and collaboration, and demonstrate the important role arts education plays in providing young people with the tools to understand the world and imaginatively express themselves.
Using the Crane Arts Building as a destination for collaboration and community good, this project invited all of Philadelphia, bringing together a diverse group of people to participate in a national conversation about our juvenile justice system and how we can better engage and provide critical support to our youth. This was done through various public programming, including a Youth Ambassador Program, a Youth Art Show (traveling regionally throughout 2014), the first free juvenile record expungement clinic in Philadelphia, organized in partnership with the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), and more.
Juvenile In Justice won the 2014 PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam (Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia) and has been accepted into the city of Philadelphia's competitive FastFWD program for our continued collaboration with PLSE.