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Press Release: Exploring the Impact of Art in Prisons – Panel Discussion and Community Paint Day

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The View from Here: Panel Discussion and Paint Day

Saturday, July 13, 11 am |  FREE
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Richmond, CA: Learn about the impact of art in prisons from formerly incarcerated artists at a special discussion and paint day at Richmond Art Center. This event will feature artists Mwasi Fuvi and Eddie Ramirez, who will be joined by prison art program facilitators Carol Newborg of the William James Association’s San Quentin Prison Arts Project and Phoebe Bachman from Mural Arts Philadelphia at SCI Phoenix.

Panel Discussion: Mwasi Fuvi (Bay Area), Eddie Ramirez (Philadelphia), Phoebe Bachman (Philadelphia), and Carol Newborg (Bay Area) will share their insights as program alumni and facilitators of art programs in prisons, exploring the role of art, the day-to-day of prison art initiatives, and the genesis of their bi-coastal collaboration.

Live Mural Painting: Following the discussion, Eddie Ramirez will demonstrate his mural painting technique, showcasing a design created by artists at SCI Phoenix. Community members are invited to participate in completing the mural (Richmond Art Center will be open until 4pm for painting).

This event is part of the ongoing exhibition, The View from Here, one of KQED Art’s “Not-To-Miss Visual Art” shows of the summer. At Richmond Art Center through August 17, the exhibition features artwork by incarcerated artists from San Quentin and SCI Phoenix, as well as letters exchanged between these artists, highlighting a year-long creative exchange between the two prison art programs. 

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, July 13, 2024
  • Time: 11am start (the mural painting will begin at approximately noon)
  • Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
  • Admission: Free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

About Richmond Art Center: Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Our programs encompass classes, exhibitions, and events at our facility in downtown Richmond, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art-making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners.

About William James Association’s San Quentin Prison Arts Project: The William James Association promotes work service in the arts, environment, education, and community development. Our work has been primarily centered around transformative arts experiences in nontraditional settings, serving men and women in and after prison and high-risk youth. Acting on the conviction that the fine arts enrich, heal, and unite communities, the William James Association has brought exceptional artists into prisons throughout California and other states since 1977.

About Mural Arts Philadelphia: Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary with the theme Roots & Reimagination, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative and equitable process, creating over 4,300 artworks that have transformed public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges to mutual understanding through projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public arts preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, earning Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “Mural Capital of the World.” For more information, call 215.685.0750 or visit

Top Image: Keith Andrews, Fishing from a Hole in a Wall, 2023, Acrylic on parachute cloth. Philadelphia Mural Arts at SCI Phoenix

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