Last night we opened our space in the support of an amazing program called Friends of Guest House, which successfully helps women reenter communities after incarceration. Guest House chose our gallery to host Portraits of Progress, an exhibition of artwork by formerly incarcerated women. The works featured were individual and group works created by Guest House residents, who worked under the guidance of Aubrey Rainbow, a Master’s level art therapy student from George Washington University.
For the past six months Aubrey helped Guest House residents develop their self-expression using art. All of the work showcased each woman’s raw emotions, and we are so touched they were willing to share that vulnerability with us and the public. We are proud and honored to have been a platform to showcase this powerful collection of work
Friends of Guest House was founded in 1974, and since then, they have helped more than 3,000 women end the cycle of incarceration. Residents have been able to successfully reconnect with their families, rebuild, and live their lives.
“To provide formerly incarcerated women the structure, supervision, support, and assistance they need to move beyond who they were to become who they want to be.”– Friends of Guest House
If you are interested in volunteering or donating to Friends of Guest House, click here. Clothing donations are accepted Monday through Thursday from 10am until 4pm. You can call 703. 549. 8072 to set up an appointment time for any other donations.
“Large or small, your donations to Friends of Guest House deepen meaningful change in our local communities. Our donors are committed to transformative community change by supporting our core belief: Every woman who has been incarcerated deserves the tools, education, and the chance to become who they want to be.”– Friends of Guest House
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