Our Mission is to support and exhibit art by incarcerated individuals to promote dialogue on ways to:
• Promote public dialog on ways to prevent crime • Reduce levels of incarceration • Find effective, humane ways to improve the criminal justice system
Portraits of Philadelphia
Works by Charles Zafir Lawson, Co-Founder of Art for Justice (AfJ)
Charles Zafir Lawson, serving life without parole at Phoenix SCI in PA, is a self – taught artist. Mr. Lawson began to paint as a way to save his sanity and to call out the injustice and oppression in the criminal justice system. Charles Lawson’s thought provoking, inspirational art has been exhibited by AfJ at over 100 venues and events. Many of the murals in Philadelphia created by the Mural Arts Program were painted by individuals incarcerated at Graterford Prison – Charles Lawson’s portraiture is seen in the faces in some of these murals. Mr. Lawson is also to Co-Creator of the Road Map for Life Workshops for Youth.
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AFJ - Shows the humanity behind bars. Brings awareness to systemic flaws in the criminal justice system. Seeks solutions to eliminate injustice.
* Artworks are either privately owned or have been donated to Art for Justice.