The Compassion Project joins together portraiture and narrative with the goal of facilitating social change. The project aims to upend the preconceptions our society has about incarcerated women. Who are they? How did they become incarcerated? Who and what have they left behind? What is possible for them now?
The systemic inequities and costs of mass incarceration have garnered increasing attention. To date, scant attention has been paid to the fastest growing segment of the prison population: women. The pathways to prison and the issues facing women are different than those facing men and the impact of incarceration is often very profound on the children they are forced to leave behind.
The Compassion Project has created an exhibit called The Art Of Compassion and it features 25 images of formerly incarcerated women. Each woman has written her story reflecting how she wants the world to see her. The narratives accompany the images. A beautiful art film has also been created and is part of the exhibit. Lastly, a creative installation piece used in an underwater portrait is part of the exhibit and invites you to have a seat and a listen. Come and visit to see it.
The exhibit also features a free, downloadable app. Click on the APP tab to learn more about the latest beacon technology and robust features on the app to make your experience more powerful.
THE COMPASSION PROJECT WRITING COMPETITION
This competition is open to everyone. There will be two categories: prose and poetry. Limited to 500 or so words.
Writers are invited to write about whichever of the writing prompts below they feel most drawn to.
Please include your name, your age, and, if applicable, your school in your submission.
Submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 4, 2019.
There will be a prize for the first and second place winners of both categories; and if allowed, the top 3 of each of the categories will be featured in LEAP’s Newsletter and the Compassion Project’s website and social media.
What purpose do prisons serve? Would you change them? If so, how?
What benefit do we as a society receive from warehousing people for years that will eventually come reenter society?
How has an act of compassion affected you, your family, or your community?
Write about an emotion you felt during the exhibit that made you feel uncomfortable. Why did it make you feel that way? Did you overcome
Write about someone you know who has been incarcerated and how it affected you.
The Art Of Compassion will be up for exhibit for a period of sixteen weeks and open to the community and student groups. Photos will then be used for educational purposes, web use, and for LEAP promotional purposes.
For more information or to reach the Project Manager, Starr Sariego, please call Starr at 786-351-2173 or through email at email@example.com or by using the form below. Special thanks to Tamara Feola for the logo and Steven Burton for the cover photo.
The Art Of Compassion is available for exhibition in other cities. Email Starr for more information.