Members of the public are invited to attend an opening reception Voices Behind the Wall: Photo, Art and Spoken Word by Youth at Camp David Gonzales. The opening reception, in conjunction with an art exhibit reception, will take place on Friday, June 22, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) Gallery at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC's historic headquarters since 1977. The exhibit will run for five weeks, Friday, June 22 - Friday, August 3, 2012.
Voices Behind the Wall is a photo, art, and spoken word exhibit by youth in the probation system at Camp David Gonzales. Youth in this probation camp, located in Calabasas, take part in arts and education classes within the New Roads for New Visions program. Working alongside professional artists, incarcerated minors develop skills in photography, digital media, writing, and the visual arts. This exhibit represents multiple years of work by minors and seeks to present insight to life behind the walls one of Los Angeles County's probation camps.
New Roads for New Visions uses academic, creative arts and pro-social education to help juvenile justice involved youth achieve their career goals and realize their full human potential. The program is unique in that it is one of the only programs working within a county facility. This exhibit marks the 10 year anniversary of the program.
The event will be hosted by SPARC, a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting, and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. SPARC remains committed to helping individual communities find their voice, giving it public expression, and to breaking down barriers both real and perceived between communities.
The mission of New Visions is to provide innovative educational opportunities to the most at-risk and under-served young people through which they can transform their lives and to act as a catalyst in educational and social innovation for the disadvantaged.
For more information about New Roads for New Visions, call New Visions at (310) 829-9877 or visit sparcmurals.org .
Friday, June 22, 2012
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) 685 N. Venice Bl Venice, CA 90291