Hope in Hard Times: Prison Art for Social Justice
Presented by: Tyrone Werts
Tuesday, March 19 • 7:00-8:30pm
In conjunction with an Art for Justice exhibit (see below), Tyrone Werts will speak about his experiences growing up in Philadelphia and his conviction in 1974 for second-degree murder with a life sentence without parole. He will talk about living at Graterford Prison for nearly 37 years, where he earned his GED and his bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and served as President of the Lifers Association. Since his sentence was commuted to life on parole by Gov. Rendell, he has worked in the community for The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program and as a consultant for the Philadelphia Public Defenders Assoc. Mr. Werts will address the role of education and the arts in prison and the concepts of hope, justice, legacy, and change.
All are invited to the Art for Justice exhibit, Hope in Hard Times: Prison Art for Social Justice, showing from March 1-April 7, 2019 at the Banana Factory (25 W. 3rd. St., Bethlehem), sponsored by the Moravian Church Eastern District, Church in Society Ministry Team.
TYRONE WERTS, Soros Fellow, 2013, currently works as the International Think Tank Coordinator for The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program at Temple University, Philadelphia. Mr. Werts is also a consultant for the Philadelphia Public Defenders Association.