Made Corrections is an organization each country, city, community craves. It’s a cross-cultural assembly where ideas are exchanged over various media between the individuals who have found themselves in need and the skilled, experienced artists who wish to put their talents towards positive societal change. Since 2012, Made Corrections conducted a line of projects igniting the creativity in those who have little hope and collaborating with some of the best known street and urban art figures today, such as JR, or the Lithuania’s own Ernest Zacharevic.
Made Corrections Project
The first socially engaged project occured in 2012, when artists Dean Stalham and David Ellis visited The Kaunas Youth Correctional Facility. They found art had little impact on the young inmates, since they had little contact with it and decided to paint the inside walls of the facility in order to instigate the new way of thinking.
In 2013, an urban and street art expert Olly Walker joined the Made Corrections and the group embarked on a new creative journey. They returned to the Kaunas Correctional Center wanting to deepen the communication with the boys and to engage them in another interesting project. This time they were accompanied by Donatas Stankevicius, one of Lithuanian most applauded photographers, who asked each of the 180 inmates, aged from 14 to 18, if they wanted their picture taken. A group of 39 lads answered positively to the question, and after the photoshoot was done, each one selected their own image, which would stand as their representative. When the Made Corrections group went back to London, they sent all of the Stankevicius’ photos to JR, who was in New York at the moment, to include them in his planetary Inside Out project. The photographs were shipped back to London, printed on a large poster format, exactly like those already presented in other cities. These 39 posters of confined Lithuanian boys were exhibited at the London West Bank Gallery, where the series attracted much attention as the perfect example of the sheer urban art.
Corrections in 2014
The story of thirty-nine posters of young prisoners does not end here. This April, the project will continue with the pasting of these photographs on diverse walls of the town of Kaunas, in order to raise questions and curiosity about the young portrayed men, the invisible dwellers of their town. A second series of the posters will be pasted onto the inside walls of the correctional center, in desire to convey the message of opportunity and future art can provide, wanting to inspire, raise spirit and mood in the overall grim institution.
Made Corrections is a young organization and more collaborations are expected from the group. The latest news announced work with urban artists Tadas Simkus and Zygimantas Amelynas. The duo will be painting the outside walls of the Kaunas facility’s Interrogation Unit. The Made Corrections web page offers a nice overview of the Kaunas street art as well. Dedicated to the cause with an inspiring passion, Made Corrections accepts donations and encourages involvement in their endeavor, proclaiming their guideline – If we change one life, then the outcome of this project will be monumental.