|The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center gallery is presenting “Arts in Corrections: A Survey of Art from the California Institute for Men.”|
|The exhibit at the Downtown Center provides a rare look into the world of prison life through the art of inmates.|
The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center gallery is presenting “Arts in Corrections: A Survey of Art from the California Institute for Men,” from July 9 through Aug. 27.
A collaboration between the Downtown Center and the Arts In Corrections (AIC) program at Chino Mens Prison, this exhibit provides a rare look into the world of prison life through the art of inmates.
Artist Tom Skelly created and implemented the AIC program at the Chino Mens Prison in 1980. Funded by the California Department of Corrections Community Resources Commission, the AIC is a leisure time program that offers inmates the opportunity to get involved and make a commitment to the creative process and product through visual, literacy and performing arts. Many of the products that come out of the program benefit local communities; public art has been produced and installed in many state municipalities as a result.
The opening reception for the exhibit was held July 9, 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with the Arts Colony's Second Saturday Artwalk event with free gallery openings, live music, shops and restaurants all in a six-block radius. Both the reception and the exhibit are open to the public, free of charge.
The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center is located at 300 W. Second St. in the Pomona Arts Colony. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the Downtown Center, contact Cybele Garcia at (909) 469-0080.