Los Angeles – William Grant Still Arts Center’s Dragon’s Flight is a six-week exhibition running from October 6 through November 24, introduced by a free one-day community arts festival concert and celebration as the opening event on October 6 from 12 - 6 p.m. The exhibition’s theme is the transformative power of creating art, and its ability to reclaim and re-grow personal identity in the face of negative trauma. The artists curated into the exhibition are specifically people who are or have been incarcerated or in collaboration with incarcerated artists. The work exhibited is drawn from pieces created both inside prison and on the outside. Exhibition partners include A.D.E.L.A.N.T.E., a transition organization foundedby artist Victor Bono (whose work will be featured in the exhibition) which is focused on healing the negative trauma of incarceration; Sheila Pinkel (artist) and Margie Ghiz-Gillis (of Art Release and former founder of Midnight Special Community Bookstore), featuring a collection of artists in solitary detention at the SHU in Pelican Bay, and the Youth Justice Coalition, a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system; AK Angels, an incarcerated women’s support group; Critical Resistance LA, a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex and the Old Timers, a mentorship and support group for youth and elders. The exhibition is put on in partnership with the generous donations of local organizations, United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council and Mid-City Neighborhood Council.
The exhibition opening will take the form of a free one-day community arts festival concert and celebration that will showcase musicians and a variety of community organizations in support of the opening of Dragon’s Flight exhibition.
Exhibit artists are Victor Bono, James “Doc” Holiday, Amanda Perez, Dianne Fellman, KUSH, Katrina Amaya, Leonard Dixon, Sheila Pinkel, Jack L. Morris, David Earl Williams, YJC, Passing The Baton - a multigenerational oral history project initiated by John Martinez, murals by AISE, and more.
Live music, community information tables from exhibition partners and related service organizations, arts workshops and other family-friendly activities will take place to launch the exhibition.