‘They Express Their Dreams, Their Pain, Their Joy’: Exhibits Feature Artwork By Georgia Inmates

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The HeartBound Ministries’ exhibit is on view through Feb. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sloppy Floyd Building downtown, across from the state Capitol. There will also be a special exhibit of Georgia inmates’ artwork at the Callanwolde Gallery from March 12 to April 12. (Pixabay Images)

When HeartBound Ministries put out a call for artwork for their show “Art From the Inside,” they received more than 250 entries from people incarcerated in Georgia’s correctional facilities.

The exhibition is an extension of HeartBound’s “Project Art” education and mentorship program.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with the program’s founder, Lucy Fugate.

“There’s really no guidelines for the inmates. They’re so creative. They express their dreams, their pain, their joy and their memories in all sorts of ways. We take anything from woodworking, metal, cardboard, painting, papier-mâché — anything they can come up with that they would like to submit,” Fugate said.

Artwork by Georgia inmates
Lucy Fugate, left, created the HeartBound Ministries’ program “Art From the Inside.” The artwork in the photo is from two Georgia inmates. She talked to “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, right, about the artwork. (Credit: Summer Evans/WABE)

The exhibit is on view through Feb. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sloppy Floyd Building downtown across from the state Capitol.

All sales from the show will go toward HeartBound Ministries’ “Little Readers” program. The program allows children of incarcerated parents to see and hear their parent reading to them via DVD.

“Last year, we had over a thousand inmates read to their children [due to this program.] We see the joy and the connection that this allows those people to make with a child. I was at a facility, and one of the young women that read to her child told me that this was her first time she had ever read a book to her child. And her child is 8 years old. So, it was a beautiful thing,” Fugate said.

There will also be a special exhibit of Georgia inmates’ artwork at the Callanwolde Gallery from March 12 to April 12.

This story was originally published with audio on WABE.org.

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