The exhibition, entitled “No Place for Children,” features the work of acclaimed Time photographer Steve Liss, whose haunting photographs document the lives of children incarcerated in an overcrowded juvenile justice facility near Laredo, Tex. "Such detention facilities were never designed to meet the needs of these children, but in Laredo, as in other jurisdictions nationwide, that is exactly what they are being asked to do," says Liss.
The exhibit also will display Baltimore freelance photographer Marshall Clarke's images of young people involved the Baltimore juvenile justice system who have spent time at the Charles H. Hickey, Jr., School, the Woodbourne Center and the Maryland Youth Residence Center. Clarke, a former OSI Community Fellow, also photographed family members, youth advocates and lawyers. Clarke's subjects answered questions about their experiences, and their responses will accompany the photographs.
In addition, the exhibit will feature drawings and paintings by youths in The Choice Program, a community-based delinquency prevention program that helps young people in the juvenile justice system. Some youths will attend the reception on November 3 and will be available for interviews. The Choice Program, an initiative administered by the Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, conducted workshops in which Maryland youths were asked to reflect on who they are and where they want to go and then to capture their thoughts in art, which will be displayed with this exhibit.
As part of Moving Walls 8, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore is sponsoring a Reception and Educational Forum on Thursday, November 3, 4:30-6:30 pm. The forum, Creating Juvenile Justice Systems that are Humane and Rehabilitate, will include photographer Liss, David Fishkin, chief attorney, Juvenile Court Division, Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, and Kimberly Armstrong, a parent and youth advocate / mentor. The forum begins at 5:15 pm. Gallery hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Free and open to the public, the event is part of Forging Open Society: Generating Ideas, Partnerships and Solutions, a series of forums convened by Open Society Institute-Baltimore to encourage community leaders with diverse perspectives to craft solutions to challenges facing the Baltimore region.
The Moving Walls 8 exhibitions in Baltimore are coordinated by Art on Purpose, an organization that provides art workshops, exhibitions, and programs in support of education, social justice, and community service.
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art is located in the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore.
For more information, call (410) 769-5701 or visit the Soros Baltimore Initiatives site.
This story was published on October 21, 2005.