AlLEXANDRIA, Va. - A new exhibit at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center features artwork by local inmates.
The "Off the Grid" exhibit featured more than 40 pieces from Fairfax County and City of Alexandria inmates. The art class is part of a progressive rehabilitation program to give inmates the skills and resources to enhance their lives after jail. The originator of the program, says the benefits of art for incarcerated men and women are vast.
"I want to hand them knowledge and skills so when they leave they will be able to get a job or go back to school...and it's not just about making art it's literally learning how to think through processes and dealing with challenges that come your way in your life," said Kelli Sincock, volunteer arts teacher with Fairfax County Sheriff's Office.
A public reception, with Sincock, is scheduled for July 20th, from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit will run until August 31st.