Getting Out and Staying Out: Twenty formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents are featured in this photography exhibit by nationally acclaimed photographer Ruth Morgan, who will be present at the reception.

At the John O’Lague Galleria, In Hayward City Hall
Show Dates:  May 26 through July 28, 2017
777 B Street, Hayward CA
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM

 Also showing will be an encore presentation of “In My Own Backyard”
Images of Hayward by Jeanne Bertolina
Click HERE for more information on the work Jeanne will be showing

Reception: Friday, June 9, 5:30-7:30 PM
Representatives from the Welcome Home Project will speak at 6:15

The Welcome Home Project is a collection of stories and photographs by Ruth Morgan of 20 formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who were able to turn their lives around after many years in prisons and jails. The project is the first of its kind in California.  These stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the stigma and barriers that most formerly incarcerated individuals face.

The Welcome Home Project is a program of Community Works West, an Oakland based nonprofit that engages youth and adults in arts, education, and restorative justice programs to interrupt the impact of incarceration. 

Ruth Morgan is a critically acclaimed photographer who has been using art as a tool for social change since the 1970's. Her exhibit Maximum Security, documented conditions inside San Quentin Prison and led to reforms in the prison system. Major photographic exhibits include: Sentence Unseen:  a series documenting the experiences of youth dealing with parental incarceration; and We’re Still Here, a documentary about the Piqua Shawnee tribe in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Ms. Morgan has received grants and awards from the Creative Work Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, Christianson Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, and the California Arts Council.

Contact information:
Micky Duxbury, Welcome Home Project Coordinator, 510-529-6328

Winda I. Shimizu, Executive Director, Hayward Arts Council
22394 Foothill Blvd., Hayward CA 94541
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM, 510-538-2787,