On Oct. 20, Truth Be Told participated in Community Day at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH). The special event was held in conjunction with CAMH’s current exhibition, “Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System.”
It was a sweet day of connection and creativity for Executive Director Katie Ford and Program Director Carol Waid, who were delighted to see two formerly incarcerated program graduates who now live in Houston and who chose to spend their Saturday in community with Truth Be Told. Daphne Brown graduated from the first-ever Talk to Me Speaking class in 2000, and Courtney Dykstra is a 2017 Talk to Me Speaking graduate.
Also joining Truth Be Told were longtime volunteer Linda Valencia and Bobby and Peggy Miser, who have supported Truth Be Told since the beginning and recently played an integral role in the 10 Days campaign.
Museum visitors were invited to browse original artwork and writings by women in Truth Be Told classes behind bars and make TRUTH bracelets for program graduates who have returned to society.
Truth Be Told was one of nine organizations invited to participate in Community Day. “Walls Turned Sideways,” which is on exhibit through January 2019, features work that addresses the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. The title of the exhibition comes from a quote by political activist, academic and author Angela Davis: “Walls turned sideways are bridges.”
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