Brush With the Law is a community service-based visual arts program working within Montgomery County, PA and surrounding cities.
What we do:
At Brush With the Law, we help bring awareness to and foster an understanding of people who experience the effects of drug addiction and the criminal justice system; this includes behavioral and mental health patients, at – risk youth, parolees, and people on probation. With this in mind, Brush With the Law aspires to connect people back to their community through finding and developing city beautification projects such as murals, mosaics, art exhibits and much much more. Each of these projects take place within the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Participants learn new skills from the program’s art instruction and guidance, which are perfect additions to resumés. We are also able to account for Community Service hours; we can provide written documentation of hours and time to probation/parole officers.
Brush With the Law is a positive, empowering way for participants to see the results of their hard work. While in the program, members feel the good that comes from repairing prior harm they may have caused.
Art changes the way we think:
We provide art projects to individuals who have lost their way in life. Our belief is that participation in the artistic process significantly affects a person’s self-esteem and general outlook on the world. As a result, the arts become a vital tool as an aid for people to use their time constructively.
Our participants not only develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, and interpersonal and communication skills, but they also examine their actions which led to their addictions, behavioral/mental health, incarceration, etc.
Brush With the Law engages with numerous government and nonprofit agencies. Each of them provide collaborations and support through out this program. Some of these agencies include:
- Pennsylvania Institute for Community Living Grove House (PICL)
- Norristown Police Station
- First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
- Youth Aid Panels of Montgomery County
“This program was one of the best things that has ever happened to me! It allowed me to have creative expression during a trivial time in my life!”