Restoring Dignity through Art 2.0
Caritas Manila in partnership with Philippine Heart Center unveiled an art exhibit dubbed Restoring Dignity through Art at The Art Gallery of the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City , August 28, 2012.
Fr. Atilano Fajardo ( Caritas Manila’s Priest-in-Charge, Housing and Advocacy Program, Caritas, Manila) together with Dr. Orestes P. Monzon (Division Head, Nuclear Medicine, Philippine Heart Center), Arch. Rogelio Caringal (Chief, Allied Services Division, Philippine Heart Center) and Sr. Norma Gonzales (Caritas Manila’s Restorative Justice Asst. Program Coordinator) led the blessing and ribbon cutting ceremonies.
The exhibit featured mainly “woodburning” artworks made by inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City that is being assisted by Caritas Manila.
Pyrography is the formal name for artworks that uses fire or burning as primary medium.
The exhibit is part of the social entrepreneurial activities of the Restorative Justice Program of Caritas Manila, which help generate income for prisoners. Caritas Manila, under its Caritas Margins social entrepreneurship strategy, helps to market urban poor products including artworks, handicrafts, and other products made by prisoners.
Thirty eight artworks were included in the exhibit. Prices range from 6,000 to 20, 000 Php per piece. It is open to the public until Sept 8, 2012.
On September 1, 2012, the same exhibit will open in a second location, this time at the ground floor of opulent Greenbelt 3 in Makati City.
Proceeds of both exhibits are for the benefit of Caritas Manila’s Restorative Justice Program for Prisoners and correctional communities.