My loved one submitted a piece for your art contest but I don't see it available for sale?
It is because your loved one art piece has been selected for the coffee table art book. We keep these original pieces to accompany the book that will be later distributed to social justice organizations to promote the prison reform we facilitate in Colorado in other States.
I cannot find my loved one artwork on your website?
- We have not yet added it in the back end. Either because we have not yet received the art piece, or because we are in the process of doing it.
- The artwork has sold, which means it is automatically removed from the website.
How much of the proceeds go to the artist?
| 50% of original artwork sales proceeds go to the artists. The other half goes to us to support the costs of the marketplace, marketing, etc...
| A 10% royalty goes to the artist for each print on demand sales featuring their artwork.
- Why should I buy prison art?
Purchasing art made by incarcerated artists benefits many bodies at once:
1. For the artist - The artist can buy daily necessary items from commissary such as soap, toothpaste, etc... Yes, the prison population is fed and given first needs products, but it is not enough to satisfy hunger or to maintain hygiene. The food quality in US prison is often reaching the limit of what's edible and is being wielded as a further form of punishment – one linked with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. The adverse impacts of eating while incarcerated affect people long after their reentry into the community.
The mental health benefits of art are proven. Creating is a path for self-introspection, a focus for the mind and eye opener.
2. For the families & friends - Staying in contact with friends and families is essential to staying sane and feed the inmate's determination to do good in order to be release someday. Communication is ran by private companies and a 15 minutes phone calls costs in average $5.74. That cost is generally passed on to the families of incarcerated people — who are disproportionately low-income, and disproportionately people of color. More than one-third of families with incarcerated relatives go into debt to cover the cost of staying in touch.
Staying in communication is not only necessary for the person behind walls, it is also a need for the loved one outside. For the son who's parent is not physically present in his life, so the impact of incarceration does not keep feeding the same pattern generation after generation.
3. For society - Enabling incarcerated artists to sell their art allows them to contribute to societal debts such as restitution, victim funds of child support. The cost of incarceration per States average $25,000 to $30,000 per incarcerated individual annually.
The average US recidivism rate within 5 years reaches 76.6%. When released from prison, sometimes after decades of incarceration, released individuals receive little to no money. They have to find employment, housing, transportation, navigating through the discrimination attached to their permanent status as a felon. For the ones with no outside support or money saved up previously to incarceration, the chances of success are extremely low. We aim to offer a viable financial outlet where artists can accumulates savings while serving time, greatly increasing the chances for a successful reentry.
- How do I know what the artist is incarcerated for?
All criminal records are public. With the name of the artist and the State, you can find this information on the corresponding DOC website. For example, type in the search bar "California Inmate Search" and click on the official DOC website.