Dreams Within

organized by the Freedom Through Art Collective
On View at UMass Boston from: 11.13.18.–12.14.18.

Public Reception 11.13. | 4–7pm 

About the exhibition:

"Stripped of my freedom, stripped of my dignity, stripped of my life, but never of my dreams within" - Patricia Olsen, Framingham, MA

How can people maintain their humanity within a punitive system designed to dehumanize them? Dreams Within is a group exhibition organized by the Freedom Through Art Collective (FTAC) presenting works by 26 incarcerated artists from across the United States, many of whom use art as a meditative healing practice while serving sentences in prison.

Guided by the co-organizers, Rachel Corey and Megan Smith of FTAC, this exhibition is the result of an academic/activist collaboration with the Center for the Study of the Humanities, Culture and Society (CHCS) at UMass Boston, the University Hall Gallery, Black and Pink - Boston Chapter, and the Emancipation Initiative. Together we aim for the audience to connect with incarcerated peoples' humanity through their artwork and their words.  

The exhibition will be complimented by a panel discussion with the organizers and several specialists in the field discussing the importance of art making in prison, followed by a reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition with performances of poems and songs written by members of the collective. 

Opening Reception | 11.13. | 4–7pm
4–5:30pm | Panel Discussion | room 2310 University Hall  

Megan Smith & Rachel Corey (Freedom Through Art Collective)
QuotaMill Garcia Vega (Artist and C.E.O. of Infinit3 Records)
Professor André de Quadros (Boston University)
Jeffrey Greene (Community Partners in Action)

5:30–7pm | Reception and Performances | University Hall Gallery
Performance by QuotaMill and members of the UMass Boston Slam Poetry Group

About the Freedom Through Art Collective:
FTAC is facilitated by Megan Smith and Rachel Corey in Boston, and has been shaped by 26 incarcerated members. They formed the collective in 2018 with some of their contacts on the inside of the prison system and through word of mouth. The aim of the collective is to give incarcerated artists a chance to share their artwork, collaborate with each other, make space for conversations, and financially benefit artists by selling their art.

This exhibition and event has been made possible with support from the Paul Hayes Tucker Fund and generous contributions from the following UMass Boston Departments: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Political Science; The Art Department; Philosophy; Psychology; Performing Arts; and American Studies.

For more information, please contact:

University Hall Gallery | UHGallery@umb.edu

Freedom Through Art Collective

CHCS | CHCS@umb.edu

Black & Pink | Boston Chapter | Boston@BlackandPink.org

Emancipation Initiative | EmancipationInitiative@gmail.com

University Hall Gallery, room 1220, University Hall at UMass Boston

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