Prison Inventive Arts Plan art to be shown at Ann Arbor Art Good

A one of a kind show featuring the artwork of more than a dozen people incarcerated in southeast Michigan prisons alongside with a dozen behind bars in Britain will be displayed for the first time at any time at this weekend’s Ann Arbor Art Fair.

The show, termed “We Bear,” will involve 31 pieces — acrylic paintings, charcoal drawings and multimedia performs, all produced by prisoners through the pandemic. They are going to be exhibited through Saturday at Liberty and Principal streets. The show has already been shown in England at the Coventry Biennial.

The artists who participated from Michigan — including inmates from the Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Macomb Correctional Facility, Thumb Correctional Facility and more — are component of a software via the University of Michigan referred to as Prison Innovative Arts Undertaking. Started in 1990, it’s one of the oldest programs in the country that conducts common creative arts programming — visual arts, inventive composing and theater — in Michigan prisons.