City of Alexandria, VA
Inmate Art Featured at Art on the Avenue
This year’s Art on the Avenue included works created by inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center and nearly 300 people attending the annual arts festival in Del Ray on Saturday, October 6, voted for the artwork they liked best. "Panthera leo," a drawing of a lion by Shyia Clark (below), took first place, followed by works by Shaun Carlan and Donovan Morris in second and third place respectively.
The Sheriff’s Office staffed a table on Mount Vernon Avenue and displayed eight drawings created by inmates in pencil, ink and/or color pencil. Festival goers were able to vote for their favorite by putting the corresponding number on a ballot and dropping the ballot in a box. First, second and third place prizes will result in credit to the inmates’ accounts that cover personal expenses like snacks, postage and hygiene items.
During the summer, inmate artists competed in an art show where fellow inmates voted for their favorites. The winning artwork from that competition was also exhibited at Art on the Avenue, as were handmade knit crafts created by inmates in LEAD, an education and life skills program for women.
For more information about this program or to volunteer to work with inmates, please contact Cherye Echane at 703.746.5079.