Art Exhibit and Workshops Focus on Children of Incarcerated Parents
(Concord, N.H.) Artwork crafted by New Hampshire Department of Corrections inmates and their children and a series of workshops take center stage in April to draw attention to the plight of children and their incarcerated parents. “The Forgotten, Children of Incarcerated Parents” opens at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord on April 7, 2014 and continues through April 24, 2014.
Nine life-sized murals titled “A Perfect Day with Dad” and three posters titled “A Family Portrait with Mom” created by male and female inmates and their children in 2012 and 2013 will be on display for members of the public to enjoy. These art projects were created during the first two Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) summer camps, a collaboration between NH DOC and Child and Family Services’ Camp Spaulding.
Carol Fennelly, creator of the first prison camps for children and their incarcerated fathers, is the guest speaker at the opening reception on April 9, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Ms. Fennelly, the creator and Director of Hope House in Washington, DC since 1998, was awarded the 2013 White House Champion of Change, a Purpose Prize in the fall of 2013 and the Global Fund for Children named Hope House a 2014 Global Catalyst Award winner. The Global Fund for Children works to transform the lives of the world's most vulnerable children. They were the only one of six winners from the United States.
The Family Connections Center (FCC), a family support program in the NH Department of Corrections, has partnered with Child and Family Services (CFS), the NH State Council on the Arts, and the Kimball Jenkins Estate to bring this exhibit and a series of workshops and supporting events in April throughout the state.
One in 28 children in the United States has a parent incarcerated. Very few people are aware of this forgotten and seldom talked about population. To start off the month of awareness, FCC has coordinated with all three prisons, 10 jails and other New Hampshire family resources to hand out the Sesame Street packet titled: LITTLE children, BIG challenges: incarceration.
Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “This is an excellent opportunity for members of the public to learn about the impact of incarceration on an entire family. We are thankful to all of the agencies and organizations that have given their support to this unique and important event.”
Some of the children who participated in the CIP camp and one released father will attend the opening reception on April 9th. A beautiful, handmade black walnut mantel clock created by an incarcerated father will be auctioned at that time.
To support the third year of the Children’s of Incarcerated Parents summer camp, inmates at all three prisons have purchased raw materials and created beautiful wood crafts and furniture to be auctioned at an on-line auction at: http://www.biddingforgood.com/KimballJenkins/theforgottenchildren. This auction is ongoing and continues until April 10, 2014.
For more details and to register for any of the above events (ALL FREE) please visit: http://cfsnh.org/pages/2014events/CIPArtShow.html.