San Francisco Opera

We Shall Be Free, We Shall Find Peace
Wir werden frei, wir finden Ruh

An exhibit of art by incarcerated persons at
San Quentin State Prison.

Located in the main lobby of the War Memorial Opera House, this exhibit invites our audience to connect with the silent voices and expressions of an unseen and forgotten community, and to highlight the importance of providing arts education to the most marginalized and ignored citizens in our society. To learn more about the artists and to read their statements, click the image of each artwork.

This exhibit is presented in partnership with the William James Association, a Bay Area non-profit organization whose mission is to promote work service in the arts, environment, education, and community development.

Join us at the Commonwealth Club of California on October 25 for a discussion with the William James Association, and a few of their formerly incarcerated artists.

William James Statement



California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Oakland
CCWP is a grassroots abolitionist organization—with members inside and outside prison—that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex.
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TGI Justice Project, San Francisco
TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex people–inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers–creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom.

Insight Prison Project, San Quentin
A pioneer in the field of Restorative Justice, IPP offers transformational programs for prisoners and parolees, which are supported by crime victims and community volunteers.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Oakland
The Ella Baker Center has been working to advance people-powered campaigns for racial and economic justice for twenty-five years. The Center organizes with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.
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Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Oakland
Founded in 2005, RJOY interrupts cycles of violence and incarceration by promoting Restorative Justice practices and policies in schools, communities, and the juvenile justice system.


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