Community Reception for “Still. I Rise.” Art Exhibit

Celebrating the Artistic Expressions of the Women of  Elmwood Correctional Facility


The County of Santa Clara Office of Reentry Services, Office of the Sheriff, Office of Women’s Policy and nonprofit Carry the Vision invite the media to attend a community reception featuring the artwork and expressions of the women of Elmwood Correctional Facility. Local nonprofit Carry the Vision works with Reentry clients, jails, schools and work places to promote nonviolence and share the tools for building compassionate communities. The Office of Reentry Services and the Office of the Sheriff collaborate with Carry the Vision to provide its Restore Life Skills programming to individuals, both in and out of custody. Carry the Vision participants practice meditation, restorative breathing, relaxation techniques, dialogue process, Hatha Yoga, journaling and other methods for increasing well-being. Carry the Vision and Father Robert Barcellos, a local artist who led the art exercise, coordinated the artwork on display for this reception.

The “Still. I Rise.” artwork will be displayed through the month of March in the County of Santa Clara Government Building Breezeway. Program coordinators, County leaders and community members will comment on the project at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.


Mike Wasserman, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 1
Cindy Chavez, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 2
Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 3
Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, District 4
Laurie Smith, Sheriff, County of Santa Clara
Shelley Swan, Executive Director, Carry the Vision
Javier Aguirre, Director, County of Santa Clara Office of Reentry Services 
Protima Pandey, Director, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy
Father Robert Barcellos, Carmelite Monastery, San Jose
Community members affiliated with the artists


March 5, 2018, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm


County of Santa Clara Government Center Breezeway, First Floor Lobby
70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110


The purpose of the art exhibit is to shine light upon incarcerated women, by providing a platform for their voices to be heard through self-expression. During the process of creating the artwork, the women of Elmwood wrote about pain, transformation and possibility.

Still I Rise reception flyer.pdf​


The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multi-cultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, the fifth largest county in California. With a $6.5 billion budget, more than 70 agencies/departments and 20,000 employees, the County of Santa Clara plans for the needs of a dynamic community, offers quality services, and promotes a healthy, safe and prosperous community for all. The County provides essential services including public health and environmental protection, medical services through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC), child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, parks, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and scores of other services, particularly for those members of our community in the greatest need.

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Media ContactLaurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa​, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Julie Ramirez, Office of Women's Policy, (408) 299-5135.

Posted: March 1, 2018​


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