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In-Depth Interview: Artist Leslie Lakes Tells Why She Started Nonprofit Supporting Prison Artists

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Leslie Lakes is an artist who founded the nonprofit Prison Arts Touching Hearts (PATH).  She explains her connection to prison artists, and PBC talks about two artists he knows on Death Row at San Quentin.This interview is the audio from a recent Marin TV interview; you can watch that video here.

Lakes tells how she won some work by prison artists at an auction, and decided to reach out to the artists who created it.  She now corresponds with over 100 artists currently or formerly incarcerated, and curates exhibits of their art.  Currently, there is a traveling exhibit at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (about 35 miles southeast of Knoxville).

In the video, you will see some of the PATH artists' work, along with unique etched domino pendants created by James P. Anderson at San Quentin, and two of Anderson's renderings of an Afro-centric confederate flag.  We also refer to the art and writings of William A. Noguera from San Quentin.

Get more info at the PATH website.

See more of Anderson's work here. More info on Noguera is here.