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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.”

A Rambunctious Brood: Celebrating 40 Years Of Richmond’s 1708 Gallery

Longtime Richmond artists celebrate the 40th anniversary of 1708 Gallery this month. Over the decades, the non-profit art space has showcased visual and performing art that “redefined traditional boundaries.” For Virginia Currents, Metta Bastet looks at the organization’s history and influence.

Outburst at Richmond's Coalition Theater Gives Space and Platform to LGBTQ Comics

A pride-themed comedy show opens this month at the Coalition Theater in Richmond. It’s the second year for this sketch comedy project, created by the LGBTQ community to provide a safe space to relay their experiences using creativity and humor. For Virginia Currents, WCVE intern Yasmine Jumaa has more.

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