On Friday, November 13 from 6:30 – 10pm, Rhythms by Stacey, in downtown Greenfield , will host the opening night reception for the 4th Annual “Unchained Art” Exhibit.
This exhibit, now in its fourth year, showcases artwork created by individuals currently incarcerated in Indiana Prisons. Along with Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, we welcome back Rockville Correctional Facility (a women’s prison) Putnamville Correctional facility, and Miami Correctional facility to the show this year.
Supporters of the exhibit believe that art can be a positive and creative opportunity for inmates at theses facilities, a rare opportunity to focus on something useful and productive. These opportunities are very important to prepare for the time when 90% of these individuals will again be part of mainstream society. Through their work, they are able to give something back as artists. An eventual successful re-‐entry into society is the ultimate goal, for both the inmates, as well as the community.
The idea for the project comes from a former attorney now inmate of Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. When asked what sparked the idea for an art contest for offenders, he stated, “I believe that my imprisonment has a purpose. As an artist myself, I know how cathartic and transformative art can be.” He believes this project is a way to inspire and channel positive energy through artistic expression. “Creating something meaningful and worthwhile stimulates the mind and leads to positive changes in behavior.”
Mike Miller, recreation director at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, was instrumental in bringing this idea to fruition and through his continued support we are able to provide this creative outlet for the prisoners again this year.
Because of the nature of this exhibit, art pieces in the show will not be offered for sale, no inmate will profit financially. If desired, donations may be made to purchase much-‐needed art supplies for the inmates to continue their work.
The exhibit can be viewed from November 13 – December 18 from 8am – 7pm
M – F. Visit us at www.unchainedart.org and on Facebook and Twitter
The organizer for this show is Stacey Poe, Owner of Rhythms by Stacey. For any questions about the
exhibit, including potential for exhibition at other venues, please contact her at 317-‐627-‐4750.
Riley FD delivers 400 smoke alarm batteries to Riley Elementary students
Riley Fire Department
Nearly 400 Students at Riley Elementary School will be taking home a 9 volt battery today, thanks to efforts of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Lockport #500.
The program which started five years ago is designed to remind parents and student that with the change of your clocks this weekend is a time to replace the battery in your smoke detector.
The IOOF and Riley FD provide the battery, fire prevention material and other information to the students and their families to remind everyone of the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes. Riley FD personnel actively promote this message through the year but utilize the changing of a the clock in the spring and fall to coincide with the changing of the smoke detector batteries.
Smoke alarms should be totally replaced every 10 years and we encourage everyone to contact their local fire department if you need smoke alarms in your home, Riley FD will not only provide them but will install them at no charge to its residents.
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