L’art libérateur. Vivre après le crime

The CSJR (Centre for Services in Restorative justice) is pleased to announce the third edition of its annual art event: Art for freedom. Life after crime, Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Espace Cercle Carré art gallery. Free of charge.

During the event, which was designed to promote art as a way to freedom, artworks will be on display, all produced by victims of crime under the banner of this year’s theme: « Moving forward ». Painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, and music are some of the represented media through which artists have fleshed out what is on their minds in order to raise awareness among the general public. You are welcome to visit the exhibition and listen to the artists’ authentic stories.

Why art?
Art can be an efficient and accessible tool of expression for anyone in need of letting out steam. Art, as a way of self-expression, can contribute to better self-esteem and to finding one’s place in society. Art can also facilitate dialogue between society and victims of crime, by raising questions about how to think, live and implement justice.

What is the CSJR?
Founded in 2001, the CSJR is a non-profit organization promoting restorative justice and addressing the consequences of crime in the lives of both the offenders and the victims. The CSJR organizes supervised meetings between victims and offenders who do not know each other, so they can share about the impact of crime on their live and about possible avenues of restoration.

The 2011 edition: 20 exhibitors, 275 visitors, 50 artworks, 1 slam performance, 1 interactive installation, and 1 art therapy workshop.

A visitor’s comment: « Creating a platform where emotions can run free is really a beautiful initiative. It is important to know that there are no wrong needs or emotions. Each emotion has a purpose and letting emotions be exposed, unhidden and unhindered, is a significant step towards freedom. »

You can follow CSJR on Facebook and Twitter and be informed all year long about restorative justice.

Contact: Awa Dembele-Yeno expositioncsr@gmail.com 514 795-9909
Centre for Services in Restorative Justice (CSJR)
Coordinator: Estelle Drouvin csjr@csjr.org514 933 3737
Exhibitors are available for interviews.

Practical information
Dates Wednesday, April 25 to Sunday, April 29, 2012
Opening hours:
Wednesday: 12 pm – 6 pm
Thursday: 12 pm – 9.30 pm
Friday: 12 pm– 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 12 pm- 5 pm

Espace Cercle Carré, 36, Queen St. Montreal

Opening night: Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6.30 p.m.

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