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“Painting by Numbers: Women in Arizona Detention Centers, Bringing Numerical Statistics to Life” is an interactive, political mural project that addresses the relatively recent practice of detaining women in Arizona. This fall, larger than life-size portraits of women detainees will be created through public participation at various local events and the Nogales border. This project has been made possible through a 2012 P.L.A.C.E. Initiative grant awarded by the Tucson Pima Arts Council; to check out the TPAC website and see the other 2012 P.L.A.C.E. Initiative recipients click here.
Throughout the spring and summer local artist Wesley Fawcett Creigh, in collaboration with fellow artists Shloka Mangharam and Cristina Cardenas, have been researching, conceptualizing, and fabricating the mural panels. Additionally, this project has been guided and supported by various local organizations such as, Derechos Humanos, Raices Taller Gallery, Corazon de Tucson, No More Deaths–U of A chapter, the Tucson Dia V Committee, and by Molly Kincaid, a current volunteer with The Florence Project. Each and everyone has done their part to inspire and make this undertaking possible.
As fall closes in on us, it is time to bring the project out into the open. In the coming weeks and months, the panels will be appearing at events around Tucson and beyond. The public is invited to participate in coloring-in the panels, collectively completing the 8’x16′ mural. In addition to coloring in the artwork, people are also encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings on matters of immigration, ICE detention, the detention of Women specifically, etc. This can be done in numerous ways, including striking up conversations with the artists or fellow participants, or leaving comments in a logbook that will travel with the project, or even by posting comments on this site. This site will also act as a resource for learning more about the issue of detaining women based on immigration status in Arizona.
Keep returning to this site for continued updates, announcements, links, and photos of the project in action.
We look forward to your participation and hope to see you soon.