Jails and Prisons

Behind the Walls exhibition features art from the incarcerated

Behind the Walls exhibition features art from the incarcerated

When Manuel Basaba became incarcerated just after high school, he never dreamed he would one day help other prisoners at his own art gallery. Now on the other side, Manuel, the owner of Mesheeka Cultural Art Center, has dedicated his business to lifting others out of sadness, anger, regret and pain with his vision of hope. Mesheeka, which refers to the original Aztec name for Mexico is a place that’s imbued with the vitality of Chicano culture and the artistic spirit.

The multi-talented entrepreneur is making a difference as a clothing designer, musician, artist, and social justice activist. On Jan. 12, he hosts his third installment of Behind the Walls: Prison Art Exhibition, a...

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