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Richmond, California: Learn about the impact of art in prisons from formerly incarcerated artists at a special discussion and painting day at the Richmond Art Center.

Artists participating in this event Mwasi Fuvi And Eddie Ramirezwho are accompanied by supervisors of the prison art program Carol Neuborg the San Quentin Prison Arts Project of the William James Association and Phoebe Bachman by Mural Arts Philadelphia at SCI Phoenix.

Panel discussion: Mwasi Fuvi (Bay Area), Eddie Ramirez (Philadelphia), Phoebe Bachman (Philadelphia), and Carol Newborg (Bay Area) share their insights as program alumnae and directors of prison art programs, exploring the role of art, the day-to-day operations of prison art initiatives, and the genesis of their collaboration on both coasts.

Live mural painting: Following the discussion, Eddie Ramirez will demonstrate his mural painting technique and present a design created by artists at SCI Phoenix. Community members are invited to help complete the mural (the Richmond Art Center will be open for painting until 4 p.m.).

This event is part of the ongoing exhibition, The view from hereone of KQED Art’s “can’t miss visual art” exhibitions of the summer. At the Richmond Art Center through August 17, the exhibition features artwork by incarcerated artists from San Quentin and SCI Phoenix, as well as letters between those artists, highlighting a year-long creative exchange between the two prison art programs.

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, 13 July 2024
  • Time: Start 11:00 am (the mural painting is expected to start at 12:00 pm)
  • Location: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
  • Permit: Free and open to the public. No registration required.

About the Richmond Art Center: The Richmond Art Center has been bringing art and creative making to the community since 1936. Our programs include classes, exhibitions and events at our downtown Richmond facility, as well as off-site activities that provide free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools and community partners.

About the William James Association’s San Quentin Prison Arts Project: The William James Association promotes work services in the arts, environment, education, and community development. Our work focuses primarily on transformative arts experiences in non-traditional settings, supporting men and women in and out of prison, as well as at-risk youth. Rooted in the belief that the fine arts enrich, heal, and unite communities, the William James Association has brought exceptional artists to prisons throughout California and other states since 1977.

About Mural Arts Philadelphia: Mural Arts Philadelphia is the largest public art program in the country and is committed to the belief that art creates change. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary under the theme “Roots & Reimagination,” Mural Arts has brought artists and communities together in a collaborative and equitable process, creating over 4,300 works of art that have transformed public spaces and the lives of individuals. Mural Arts aims to empower people, inspire dialogue, and build bridges of mutual understanding through projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, as well as programs focused on youth education, reparations, mental health and wellness, and public art preservation. Popular Mural Tours offer a firsthand look at the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection that has earned Philadelphia global recognition as the “Mural Capital of the World.” For more information, call 215.685.0750 or visit

You can find further upcoming events in our events calendar.