To use the visual arts in community based beautification projects throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Projects are led by professional artists who create together with socially marginalized people (such as the incarcerated, parolees/probation, at-risk youth, and those struggling with addiction) to create public art. The purpose is to inspire meaningful changes in participants’ self-esteem and provide new skills that can lead to better employment opportunities, while enabling local communities to work with and come to better understand the challenges of these populations.
Brush with the Law is a (501 (c)(3) organization that seeks to help socially marginalized individuals reconnect with the community through collaborative creative art projects.
We believe that by working on creative projects that serve the community, marginalized individuals and community members start to understand and recognize one another as human beings.
Art projects create a collaborative and inclusive environment that brings people together to overcome challenges, provide a creative outlet for participants and offer the community an opportunity to experience working with - or benefitting from - the efforts of socially disadvantaged individuals.
The experience of feeling accepted and welcomed back into the community is a powerful stimulus for change among participants and the art works produce visual affirmations of change, transforming "blighted" spaces to reveal the strength and spirit of the community.