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
Upcoming AfJ exhibit: Incarcerated Artists’ Creations from Within
Will be on display during the Community Event: Paint, Prison, and Possibilities: Conversations About Justice
Hosted by the Moravian Center of Lancaster and the Islamic Community Center of Lancaster
October 1 – November 28, 2021
227 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601 (3rd floor)
A series of 4 panel discussions will take place with representatives from Lancaster and Pennsylvania organizations.*
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 6:30PM: Solitary Confinement
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6:30PM: Issues Surrounding Reentry
Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:30PM: Art as a Human Right
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 6:30PM: Conversations about the Lancaster County Prison
Exhibit and Panel discussions are Free, Open to the public, and will be available on ZOOM. To schedule a time for an individual or group to view the exhibit, attend a panel discussion or obtain a ZOOM link Call 717-397-9722 or Email email@example.com.
*subject to change based on COVID-19 status. Individuals are required to mask when in the building.
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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* Artworks are either privately owned or have been donated to Art for Justice.