JAIL ARTS INITIATIVE
Since 2011, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has partnered with the Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office to provide hands-on art-making workshops at Jail Central and Jail North. Working with both youthful offenders and adult inmates, Bechtler-trained teaching artists and staff conduct up to 12 week-long residencies throughout the year and explore the works of several artists from the collection as well as many social and personal themes related to the inmates. The artwork created as part of this program is part of a rotating exhibition located in the museum's lobby that highlights all of our community programs.
Teaching artist and Bechtler staff member, Mykel Gates Jamil, leads these specially-designed classes.
It was beautiful to share my feelings with my companions. The teachers brought a wonderful vibe with them and it really helped me to pass my time here. I really enjoyed this class because it took me to a peaceful place. - Participant
The Bechtler programs at Jail North provide underserved youth with invaluable experiences that teach art, culture and behavioral management techniques. The Bechtler has been and continues to be an innovator with these endeavors and the community thrives because of them. - Community Partner: Keith Cradle, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Adolescent Program Manager
I don’t usually like programs but yours is different. I can actually see a change in the inmates’ behavior. I don’t have to yell at them to get up, shower or adjust their attitudes. Each one is ready, standing in line thirty minutes before class is called. - Jail Staff
“I turn 18 in a couple weeks,” said the youthful offender, fear and sadness in his eyes as he anticipated joining the adult population, “But you are here now, in art class and when you go to Jail Central I will be there and so will your creativity,” I reminded him and he smiled. Art is therapeutic. When you are focused on creating you can focus on nothing else. - Staff and Participant
Jean Tinguely - Albatros
© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.
The collection comprises
more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.
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