upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 03/01/2019

Mary DeWitt

Dewitt bytayarishapoe40 web Mary dewitt by denise allen6 web ready Mary dewitt by andrea brown 2
(1) by Tayarisha Poe (2) by Denise Allen (3) by Andrea Brown

Since 1988, I have collaborated with a group of women sentenced to life without parole in Pennsylvania. I bring visibility to the women's humanity, experiences of captivity and the details of the unimaginable injustices they endure, using portraiture, narrative, YouTube videos and my websites. One of the women, Paulette Carrington, was released last year. She was incarcerated as a child of 16. At my upcoming exhibition of their portraits, Carrington will speak about living for forty years in community with them and discuss her life today.


Related Content


Leeway grant?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
09/232:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I’m Afraid Of Men Book Reading and Q&A

Vivek Shraya will read and answer questions about her new book, I’m Afraid of Men, co-presented by Asian Arts Initiative, Leeway Foundation, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, and City of Philadelphia Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

[learn more]

10/0510:45 am - 12:00 pm

RELEASE: Art in the Context of Gender Justice & Mass Incarceration

Leeway will facilitate an interactive workshop and panel discussion on gender justice and the role that art has in decarceration activism as a part of Philadelphia FIGHT's Beyond The Walls Prison Reform Summit.

[learn more]