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Exhibit Sheds Light On School-To-Prison Pipeline

 Incarcerated youth in Richmond worked with local artists for a new exhibit at Art 180 called Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out. It examines the role of schools in the school-to-prison pipeline.

The exhibit is part of a project called Performing Statistics. Their mission is to bring about policy change by connecting incarcerated youth with legislative authority. Mark Strandquist is Creative Director.

"That's the work, is just really being human megaphones for these teens whose voices have been systematically silenced.”

Along with creating the exhibit, Performing Statistics worked with incarcerated teens in Richmond to craft a curriculum about the school-to-prison pipeline. Local teachers have translated those ideas into lesson plans. Strandquist again,

"The school to prison pipeline, we're all a part of it. We can either be a part of the solution, or we can hold back progress."

In 2019, the curriculum will be circulated to over 20,000 classrooms across the country, including those in Virginia.