Exhibit explores impact of art inside federal prison

“Brokenhood: The Art of Healing Through Community” on display through May 14

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Prison inmates often create artwork as a way to focus on something other than their surroundings. However, efforts to produce quality and meaningful artwork have been almost entirely inmate-led in most prisons.

Justin Reddick, seminarian turned prison art facilitator, hopes to change that as he explores the impact of art inside the federal prison complex.

Using the exhibit “Brokenhood: The Art of Healing Through Community” as a foundation, Reddick will discuss the creative arts platform, produce a live painting, auction off art, and more. Guests are also invited to spend time in the Denver Seminary's Bridge Gallery, viewing art created by ADX Supermax inmates, as well as art created by Reddick and his colleagues.

Pieces from “Brokenhood: The Art of Healing Through Community” will be on display through May 14 in the Bridge Gallery in the Harold and Virginia Simpson Leadership Center at Denver Seminary, 6399 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. A reception is planned from 7-9 p.m. March 12. Learn more at https://denverseminary.edu.

Much of the art displayed represents the CAP program's recent graduating class from the ADX Supermax prison. This is the first time they have shown their work collectively to the public.

CAP is an activity designed to mentor participants using artistic methods, ideologies, and entrepreneurial techniques that help prisoners succeed in their communities upon release. For those not releasing back into society, CAP offers a holistic approach to skills development, team building, and artistic exploration.

Since its inception in 2016, the Creative Arts Platform has garnered local, regional, and national support, most notably from its partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Inmate art and art created by CAP facilitators will be available for purchase. Proceeds from inmate art will be split between the inmate and a nonprofit of their choice. Proceeds from CAP facilitators' art will be donated to Denver Seminary for its Training and Mentoring Program.

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