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The inmates at ASPC – Yuma’s Cheyenne Unit created original pieces of art to donate to the upcoming Pawblo Pawcasso – An Animal Experience Exhibit at the Yuma Art Center.
Yuma, AZ, July 26, 2018
The Humane Society of Yuma visited ASPC – Yuma’s Cheyenne Unit, last Thursday morning, to collect art donations created by the inmates for the upcoming collaborated fundraiser for the Humane Society of Yuma at the Yuma Art Center. A call went out to the public seeking art pieces this past June and a staff member at ASPC – Yuma reached out to the Humane Society of Yuma to see how to get involved.
Once the project was approved, the inmates had just about two weeks to finish the projects. “It was amazing to learn how resourceful, passionate and proud these guys were, to present their pieces to us” – Lana Shapiro, Director of Development at the Humane Society of Yuma. “The inmates had lots of questions for us and were very excited to have their work displayed, knowing that someone would purchase their art. I was truly blown away by the talent” – Shapiro. These pieces are made out of bed sheets and recycled pallets. Inmates not only painted them, but created their canvases from scratch.
“A big focus of the Arizona Department of Corrections is reducing recidivism and preparing the inmates for re-entry into society. This is one of many programs at the Arizona Department of Corrections that helps prepare the inmates for a successful transition into society and gives back to the community. This is a great example of talent these men possess and their willingness to contribute those talents to the Yuma Community” said Warden HACKER-AGNEW.
The Humane Society of Yuma appreciates the partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections – Yuma. “Projects, such as this one, have deepened our relationship with ADC. We are so happy to have staff on both sides work so well together and find creative ways to partner in mutually beneficial ways” – Annette Lagunas, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Yuma.
The Yuma Art Center and Humane Society of Yuma present Pawblo Pawcasso: An Animal Art Experience at the Pet-ropolitan Museum of Art, which will appear on a limited run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 7-11. It includes an art auction to benefit the Humane Society of Yuma.
Artists who donate works valued at $150 or more will receive a free 10-by-10 booth space for Art in the Park on Jan. 12, 2019. Artists who donate works valued at $100 or more will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Humane Society of Yuma.
The artist who receives the highest auction bid will receive a limited run exhibition in the 254 Gallery at the Yuma Art Center.