To be the catalyst of transcendence for people who are unprotected, disenfranchised, and marginalized by the systemically racist system, utilizing their voices while educating the public of their self-worth through art.
THE ALASEA NETWORK NONPROFIT 501 c3
What is the“PORTRAIT OF FORGOTTEN WOMEN project?”
Hello, I'm Adrienne La Faye, painter, an author, and a community social justice art educator focused on chronicling the African American diaspora. As a Social Justice portrait advocate, I'm compelled to make this artistic vision come to fruition, by giving back to society. The "PORTRAITS OF FORGOTTEN WOMEN" project is a program designed uniquely for those imprisoned.
I too, am an ex-addict that was incarcerated, I know what these women feel and how this opportunity will change the trajectory of their lives. Like everyone, I needed someone to take an interest in me, and my middle-grade teacher gave me hope. One person can change a life forever.
I've created the POFW project, to paint portraits of female inmates. In hopes, offenders will see their best selves in the paintings, and aspire for more. The women tell their stories on film, & their written words are attached to portraits, for exhibits. My pictures interpret the beauty of each Woman within, showcasing her truth, in turn, uplift her emotional status to elitism.
My charge is to paint fifty-two paintings series, combing inmates written words to their portraits, a documentary film produced with KING 5 TV, and a short film of the POFW experience. These offender VOICES will live forever through paintings and film, naturally debunking the monolithic PUBLIC perceptive of prison women.
SUPPORT IS THE ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS!
Have you ever wondered how you could help poor women inmates and their families?
Did you know women offender families don't have money for phone calls, or for gas for their families to visit?
Did you know that Women Prison's incarceration rate is at an all-time high, ensuring generational family deaths?
Did you know that African American women are massively incarcerated, at double the rate of their white counterparts?
POFW is a traveling National Painting exhibit, originating in Bainbridge, WA and traveling to Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, and New York.
If you give just $5.00, it will pay for the cost of a twenty-minute paint session.
Donate $15.00 it will help pay for a Giclee print.
A gift of $25.00 or more will help pay for the cost of screening the premier documentary.
The goal of POFW is for everyday folk to give back to society individually creating change.
The PUBLIC realizes the importance of humanizing all people.
ENDGAME: Empowering women to use their VOICES to heal, and for most, the first time they see themselves in a POSITIVE light. All inmate participants will receive a free Giclee copy of their portraits, and each facility will be gifted a copy of the documentary.
"A portrait interpretation can unlock the mysteries of one's self. The incarcerated Woman knows, she's alone in this world. No one will stand with her, walk before her, nor defend her. Portraits are the windows to mortality." ~Adrienne La Faye~
“I made my first State prison visit, approved by Superintendent Deborah J. Wofford, of Washington Corrections Center Women, in GIG HABOR, WA, to the facilities on March 7th, 2019. After my introduction, I interviewed fourteen lovely women, and heard their life stories. I took photos to accurately paint them. “As an Artist, It was one of my LIFE'S most empowering experience.”