Writing is an agent of Change. It begins with a sentence and leads to a connection, a kinship with a reader and the building of a community. It grows into the realization that each of us has a story to tell that emerges from the sum of our best - and worst - moments.
This exhibit assembles writings from prison programs in South Florida facilitated by Exchange for Change, a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of written partnerships to promote dialogue and effect social change.
Included are pieces written by Exchange for Change students at Homestead Correctional Institution, Dade Correctional Institution, Everglades Correctional Institution and Everglades Re-Entry Center. There are also pieces from students at the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University and Ransom Everglades who partnered in anonymous writing exchanges with the incarcerated students.
Separated by razor wire, this writing exemplifies what unites us rather than what divides us.
About Connecting Sentences
Curated by Dr. Wendy Wolters Hinshaw, Florida Atlantic University, in collaboration with Kathie Klarreich, Founder and Chair, Exchange for Change, and Joshua Schriftman, University of Miami, Associate Director for Exchange for Change
Thanks to Oscar Fuentes and the Miami-Dade Public Library for curatorial and material support.
Thanks to Vanessa Castillo for photography and photography permissions.