About Us

"Art With Conviction" is a community project whose purpose is to allow people who have been labeled as "convicted felons" to demonstrate to the community that they are more than just a criminal conviction. Instead, through their expression of passion and talent in their artwork, they can be viewed as being a contribution to our society, separate form their past. Art With Conviction was born out of a sense that a felony conviction should not mean a lifetime of stigmatization and harsh judgment as it so often does for so many people. The stigmatization too often results in challenges that are very difficult to overcome no matter how much good work an ex-offender puts between him/herself and the crime.

Art With Conviction is out to change the way we as a society hear "convicted felon" and how convicted felons feel about their place in our community by providing opportunities for members of the community who are patrons of the arts to view felons or ex-offenders in a different, more expansive light. The label "felon" will cease to mean anything more than that the person was convicted of a felony.

As a greater understanding and respect develops, there is enhanced opportunity for meaningful and positive change to take place both in the community-at-large and at the Legislature. This is likely to result in prison or criminal justice reform.

We all desire to live in a state and in a community where hard work and raw talent is recognized and appreciated, no matter what is the background or history of the artist.If you are an ex-offender with artistic abilities in any medium, including in the performing arts, or if you are the family member of someone currently serving a prison sentence who wishes to arrange to have your loved ones' artwork on display, please send an email to: ArtWithConviction@gmail.com and someone will get back in touch with you about details.

If you or someone you know is an ex-offender with artistic abilities in any medium, including in the performing arts, or if you are the family member of someone currently serving a prison sentence who wishes to arrange to have your loved ones' artwork on display, please send an email to: ArtWithConviction@gmail.com