Call for Art and Poems for Let’s Get Free’s 6th Art Show!
Call open to artists and poets on both sides of the prison walls
This year’s theme: Picture A Free World
Submissions Due APRIL 1, 2023
Picturing a Free World is an act of imagination in itself, and it will take creativity for us to get there. Art will help us imagine, to strategize and to continue our movements for freedom.
Show Opens July 2023 at Concept Gallery in Pittsburgh
Empathy is the Seed
Truth is the Water
Solidarity is the Bloomage
5th Annual Art Show (2021)
Let’s Get Free’s 5th annual art show featured artists in prison and artists in solidarity with those in prison. Each artist responds to, creates from or embodies ingredients of abolition; the work to build and maintain a movement, the call for freedom, the desire to be seen, the presence and insistence on humanity, the practice of resistance and the true magic of possibility and what can be.
In this 7 minute short, Tamika Bell, Paulette Carrington and Starr Granger share some of what the journey home looks and feels like. They were all sentenced to die in prison when they were teenagers. They are home now after decades of incarceration.
End Death by Incarceration 2020
This poignant 12 minute vignette features the transformative journeys of Tequilla Fields and Tameka Flowers who are both seeking commutation. This film radiates resilience and the power to change that is widespread amongst people with death by incarceration sentences. Listen to more stories here.
The Creative Resistance Committee is just one part of Let’s Get Free.
Let’s Get Free’s Permanent Art Collection
Our permanent art collection is meant to be borrowed to give voice to people in prison and create dialogue wherever it may be. The art has been gathered over the years from our annual art shows and years of collaborating with artists in prison.
by the numbers
women with life sentences
women sentenced to die in PA prisons
people who identify as transgender with DBI (that we know of)
women have been commuted since 1992
women have died in custody since 1982
We got issues
There are many facets to the issue of death by incarceration in PA and how it intersects with gender. Here are some of them explained.
- Aging in Prison
- Life Sentences are Death Sentences
- Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Transformation, Resilience & Redemption
- Compassionate/Medical Release
- Public Safety