P.O. Box 526

Harleysville, PA  19438


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

*subject to change based on COVID-19 status.  Individuals are required to mask when in the building.

Art for Justice Co-founder, Charles Zafir Lawson, and artist, Daniel Gwynn, are displaying art (NFS) during the Institute for Community Justice’s (ICJ) Art as Resistance Gallery – Taking Back Control, Oct. 25 – Oct. 30, 1207/2nd Floor, Chestnut St.,  Phila. The Panels and gallery events are open to the public and livestreamed on ICJ’s Facebook page. Death by Incarceration (DBI) will be broadcasting the event. https:/ For more information contact: Mike Butler/215-525-0460 x 270/

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.


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.