On the occasion of the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (3rd week of April), the CSJR hosts a yearly artistic event: Art for Freedom: Life after Crime.
During this event which aims at promoting art as a liberating practice, artworks created by victims of criminal acts are put on display. Painting, photography, sculpture, poetry, and music allow these artists ― professional or amateur ― to express what they have been through. Some of these works of art, as well as accounts of their artists, play a role in raising public awareness.
The 2012 exhibition took place from Wednesday April 25 until Sunday April 29 at Espace Cercle Carré, Montreal. An art-therapy workshop also took place on April 29.
Painting comes from the place words can no longer express.
The 2011 exhibition in numbers: 20 artists, 275 visitors, 50 artworks, 1 slam poetry performance, 1 interactive artwork, 1 art-therapy workshop.