The gallery at Artspace is dedicated to showcasing local artists’ work and providing the community with access to incredible works of art of all kinds. We sponsor approximately 6 artists per year and feature a new exhibit every 8-10 weeks. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 12:00 – 2:30 pm and 4:00 – 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment, and access is free for all patrons.

Artspace Gallery’s October/November Show

inside art v

artwork and writing from
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2018

The 5th annual exhibit of art & writing by people incarcerated at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office runs at Artspace Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, with a free, public reception Friday, October 26 from 5:15 to 7:15 pm.

The Elm Street Think Tank is the proud sponsor of
inside art v. We are a group of incarcerated people and community educators who have met weekly since 2013 inside the jail to share ideas and creative expressions, and to work on collective projects. This year’s show features works of photography, art, and writing that reflect deeply on the themes of addiction, love, justice, and freedom.

inside art v calls attention to the approximately 7 million people in the US who are under correctional supervision (imprisoned, on probation, or parole), including 2.3 million people held in jails and prisons. Most of the 219,000 women who are incarcerated in the US are mothers who, prior to their arrests, were primary caregivers of their children under the age of 18.

All the artists and writers in inside art v will be coming home. Like millions of others, they will experience sanctions long after they complete their sentences. More than 65 million people in the US have criminal records and face legal discrimination in housing, education, and employment. In some states, people with a felony on their record are barred from voting—for life. In MA, if you are incarcerated in a jail but are not currently serving time for a felony conviction, you are eligible to vote.

Access to nourishing food, education, love, meaningful work at a living wage, affordable housing and medical care, including treatment for addiction and support for mental health, provides the foundation for every child and adult to contribute to society.

Children with a parent who has been inside are three times as likely as other children to become involved in the criminal justice system. According to a recent study by the Juvenile Law Center, children in foster care “face a disproportionate risk of being incarcerated.” The Elm Street Think Tank invites you to join local and national efforts to address the root causes of harm, injury, and cycles of incarceration.