May 19, 2021

TAMIR RICE FOUNDATION & SPACES PARTNER FOR ART SUPPLIES DRIVE

(Cleveland, OH)-- The Tamir Rice Foundation and SPACES have partnered on a project that will collect art supplies to support a series of healing-centered artmaking workshops with incarcerated youth at the Cuyahoga County Detention Center. The workshops will be facilitated by SPACES Satellite Fund Recipient, Lexy Lattimore and The Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition Arts and Culture Team.

The mission of these workshops and this partnership is to empower justice-impacted youth with the creative skills to express their feelings and tell their stories while building healing relationships with peers and community members. The teaching artists involved have survived over-policing and incarceration and seek to envision and establish alternatives to these systems in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

Four collection bins, repurposed from A Color Removed, have been stripped and re-painted by Cleveland-based artists Antwoine Washington, James Quarles, and Davon Brantley with designs that celebrate Tamir's life. The collection bins will be located at SPACES, 2900 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113; Toby's Plaza, 11440 Uptown Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106; Roxboro Elementary/Middle School, 2400 Roxboro Rd #3624, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118; Robinson G. Jones Elementary School, 4550 W 150th St, Cleveland, OH 44135. Both Roxboro and Robinson G. Jones Elementary School were attended by Tamir Rice.

People are invited to contribute clean, new or gently used, art supplies, and other materials for creative endeavors. Donations will be accepted beginning May 19, 2021. The contributed items will be collected on a regular basis by staff and volunteers and distributed through the Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition Arts and Culture Team as well as the Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center.

About the Tamir Rice Foundation

The Tamir Rice Foundation invests in the growth and enrichment of all children through after-school programs in arts and culture by allowing them to express their truth to improve their lives as they grow into young adults. Samaria Rice, CEO and Founder of The Tamir Rice Foundation, seeks to advocate for police reform by advocating to change laws and implement new policies for the system with community oversight for police accountability and community reform dialogue.

The Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center, located at 6117 St. Clair Ave., is currently being remodeled and will open its doors by early-2023. To donate directly to The Tamir Rice Foundation, visit

https://www.tamirericefoundation.org/donate

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