ArtCarTraz' Juvenile Offenders Win First Place at Art Car
ARTCARTRAZ TAKES 1ST PLACE HONORS AT ART CAR AWARDS CEREMONY
ArtCarTraz To Be Auctioned Off For Charity Shortly
Houston, TX (May 16, 2005) – ArtCarTraz was selected by a distinguished
panel of judges as the 1st place winner in the “Best Entry By A Youth
Group” category at the Art Car Awards Brunch at the Orange Show Center
for Visionary Art on Sunday, May 15 in Houston, TX.
ArtCarTraz was created from May 2 – 11 by offenders housed at juvenile
correctional facilities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana while en
route to Houston, TX where it was seen by over 200,000 spectators as a
participant in the Orange Show’s 17th Annual “Everyones Art Car Parade”
on May 14. ArtCarTraz was one of 280 entries in the parade.
ArtCarTraz will be on display in Greenwood, MS until June 1 as plans
for its auction become finalized. Proceeds from the auction will be
donated to SKIP, Inc., a Montgomery, AL-based non-profit organization
that mentors children of incarcerated parents.
“ArtCarTraz provided us an opportunity to reach a large regional
audience with an example of the remarkable talents that reside within
the juvenile justice system, and the response was a huge affirmation to
continue providing arts programs to these gifted youth,” said Grady
Hillman, President of the Southwest Correctional Arts Network, the
parent organization of ArtCarTraz. “We hope that the buyer will re-gift
the car back to SCAN so that we can continue to utilize it as a
tangible and mobile advocacy tool.” By designing and painting the car
in order to raise money to benefit a separate population of underserved
and at-risk youth, ArtCarTraz has enabled these juvenile offenders to
engage in the process of restorative justice by using their efforts and
talents to give back to the community.
ArtCarTraz is an unprecedented initiative that enabled juvenile
offenders across 3 states to work together to design and create a
traveling work of art for charity. ArtCarTraz was a mobile work-in-
progress mural created, using Auto Air Colors paint, one section at a
time by the juvenile offenders housed at the Alabama Department of
Youth Services facility at Mt. Meigs outside of Montgomery, AL, the
Oakley Training School outside of Jackson, MS, and the Bridge City
Correctional Center for Youth outside of New Orleans, LA.
While traveling, ArtCarTraz helped raise awareness for the important
benefits of correctional arts programming which has been shown to both
improve offender behavior while incarcerated, and reduce the chance of
re-offending once released. The ArtCarTraz story was covered by
everyone from the Associated Press, NPR, and Alabama Public Television,
to the Times Picayune (New Orleans), the Jackson Advocate and Houston
Media Source, as well as additional local TV news in each market.
Judges for the Art Car Awards Brunch were Andrei Codrescu (poet,
novelist, essayist, screenwriter, distinguished professor of English at
Louisiana State University, and founder of the Exquisite Corpse
literary journal), John Maizels (publisher of Raw Vision magazine),
Marilyn Oshman (arts advocate and collector, and Orange Show Foundation
organizer), Ann Harithas (arts curator and patron, and founder of the
Houston Art Car Museum), Erika Nelson (creator of “The World’s Largest
Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest
Things” based in Lucas, KS), and Larry Harvey (founder of Burning Man).
For more information, please visit artcartraz.com