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“Since the beginning of time, art has served as a medium to connect cultures, communities and causes – Arts of Oppression is our vehicle”.

Richard Miles – Founder, President/CEO of Miles of Freedom




The annual Miles of Freedom Exhibition, The Arts of Oppression.
September 11 - October 30, 2021



The Arts of Oppression, an annual exhibit and auction hosted by Miles of Freedom, highlighted the creative talent of people currently or formerly incarcerated and benefited the featured artists. Historically,The Arts of Oppression wasa one-day auction event. This year, the exhibition spanned two months and allowed visitors to understand The Arts of Oppression’s origins and the key stakeholders that have participated in its inception. The Arts of Oppression featured pieces from the Darkwood Gallery’s collection as well as historical references to the issues of mass incarceration, human rights, and the criminal justice system. Additional programming included:

·      Poetry by teens from the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center, a program led by clemency reform advocate Jason Hernandez

·      A series of mindfulness and yoga practices by Seneca KMIR Alma, founder of the KMIR Experience, a collective journey made for collective humans that have experienced incarceration

·      A series of conversations with local artists, grassroots organizers and criminal justice advocates such as Vicki Meek, Alma Rios (Darkwood Gallery and mother of incarcerated son), Seneca KMIR Alma, and former Arts of Oppression participants.