Picassos Behind Bars?

Project highlights paintings done by prisoners.

He is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release from prison.

 "It's a way to reach out and offer something of benefit to society when they are locked up behind bars."

An event at the state Capitol Tuesday hoped to draw attention to what prisoners are capable of behind bars. Paintings and drawings from the "Prison Creative Arts Project" were displayed. Organizers say it's a chance for the public to forget the prisoner stereotype and to remember they have the same creative abilities as people who aren't serving time.

The artists themselves say it means a lot to them, as well.

"I work personally with people who've come home from prison and they say these exhibitions mean the world to them when they are inside," says Vanessa Mayeski. "It's a way to reach out and offer something of benefit to society when they are locked up behind bars."

The Prison Arts Project is based out of the University of Michigan. Representative Joe Haveman of Holland brought it to the Capitol after visiting an exhibition last year.


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