The Rose That Grew From The Concrete

title rose In collaboration with Project Rebound, The Art Gallery is pleased to present ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete an exhibition which features artworks from R. Bates Steve Wayne Chennault Zumani -Ronnie- Cole Ramiro Gonzalez F. Herrera Peter Jaquith Damon -Shuja- Johnson Kleopatra Kiriazi T. Laws M. Perez Reyna Anne Wong & many anonymous artwork donated to Project Rebound

Exhibition: October 2nd – 16th,  2014

Reception: Thursday, October 2nd, 5 – 8pm,  2014

Live Music Performances: Patience the Virtuous & Christopher Lincoln



Thursday, October 16th @ 3:30 pm Screening: Maximum Security University (1999), Tom Quinn. Talk and discussion with Jason Bell and Airto Morales (Project Rebound)  

In collaboration with Project Rebound, The Art Gallery is pleased to present ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete (*) an exhibition which features artworks from individuals who have been in prison or who are currently incarcerated. The exhibition takes its title from the poem of the late Tupac Shakur, aiming to echo his idea of triumphing despite great struggles, to make a connection between Tupac’s message and the work of Project Rebound.

Project Rebound is a program that was started in 1967 by Professor John Irwin that assists formerly incarcerated individuals wanting to enter San Francisco State University. Many people cannot seem to grasp the idea of prisoners transitioning from a life of crime to a life of scholarship and good citizenry. Project Rebound feels differently; for over 40 years the organization has been advocating education as an alternative to incarceration by aiding those who want to help themselves and to help others, and by becoming living examples of successful reintegration.

Project Rebound is all about the business of ‘each – one – teach – one.’ The program offers special admissions and resources for men and women who might not normally qualify for university acceptance. The aim is to admit full time students who are motivated to succeed in a field of a study that leads to a Baccalaureate Degree, as well as to help students with basic needs so that they can concentrate on gaining expertise in order to achieve educational and personal empowerment. Project Rebound is the only organization of it’s kind in a public university  in the nation. This program operates under Associated Students and collaborates with many other organizations and departments at San Francisco State University.

From prison to empowerment, from destitution to the notion of ‘restorative justice, the mission and motivation of ASI Project Rebound is intertwined with this idea of positive growth coming out of trial and difficulty. The artwork in this show is the product of beauty that has come out of the immediate reality and pain of confinement. The words of Tupac’s poem serve as the common ground on which the artworks rest, and the art itself serve to reveal the real life people who are going through and have gone through the experience of imprisonment.

Doing Time

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* Based on Tupac Shakur’s The Rose That Grew from Concrete (1999);

a collection of poetry written between 1989 and 1991.


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