Inmate-created art was auctioned off to help raise money for a program to benefit struggling families.

Inmate-created art was auctioned off to help raise money for a program to benefit struggling families.

By Dameion Renault, Community Resources Manager
Sierra Conservation Center

Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) partnered with Tuolumne County Art Alliance and Stage 3 Theater in Sonora to hold its first “Inside-Out” Art Show and silent auction.

Over 100 pieces of art were created by inmates housed at SCC and then auctioned off over the two-day event, Oct. 25-26.

The art was displayed at the Stage 3 Theater for staff, volunteers, community members and artists to view.

The effort is part of a new program at SCC called “Art and Healing” which combines the opportunity for inmates to draw, paint, or build with the use of group discussion on different topics weekly.

Topics included heritage, pride, family, self-awareness and more.

The silent auction allowed community members to bid on favorite pieces in order to raise money for art programs in Tuolumne County, specifically geared to children and families who cannot afford to pay for the art classes themselves.

The weekend event raised $670 for the effort.

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