Jeans painted with messages about violence have been created by residents of northeast Mississippi from a wide variety of backgrounds and age groups in conjunction with S.A.F.E., Inc.’s “Jeans for Justice” fund-raiser. The jeans reflect the individual artists’ feelings about violence in our community. Some jeans honor victims of violent crime, others state facts and statistics, and others send a message of hope.
“Although it’s just in its first week, I’m impressed with the number of people who have already been by to see the exhibit, says Melanie Deas, Executive Director of the Link Centre in Tupelo. “Personally, I find it very powerful. It is a little disturbing, but it’s a very important thing for people to experience. It reminds me a lot of reading of George Orwell’s “Road to Wigan Pier” in that it describes an ugliness that many people here are experiencing, but often deny, minimize or ignore. It is better to face violence though, lest we forget it exists.”
There is no charge to view the jeans, and they are on view weekdays from 8 AM to 6PM.
If the display moves you, come out to our “Jeans for Justice Painting Party” sponsored by the Tupelo Women’s Club on Sunday, April 10th from 2PM until 4 PM at the Link Center. You can create your own pair of jeans to help send a message about violence. Jeans will become a part of a traveling exhibition that touches the lives of many people in northeast Mississippi.