October 30, 2014

Homeboy Industries Founder Speaks of Art as Tool in Gang Prevention - Speaking at RAFFMA

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Homeboy Industries Founder Speaks of Art as Tool in Gang Prevention - Speaking at RAFFMA RAFFMA

Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, is scheduled to speak at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m.


Father Boyle, a Los Angeles native, founded Homeboy Industries in 1988. The organization has since grown into the largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States. Father Boyle is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the museum front desk during the Cal State San Bernardino event.

Entering the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1972, Father Boyle was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his B.A. in English from Gonzaga University, and M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and an advanced theology degree from the Westin School of Theology at Berkeley. He has taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles; was chaplain in the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and at Folsom Prison and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochobama, Bolivia.

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eighborhood of Los Angeles appointed Father Boyle pastor in 1986. He served there through 1992.

He has received many honorary degrees, awards and recognitions, including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from Bon Appetit Magazine, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He has served on the State Commission for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Youth Gang Center Board and the Attourney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force.

Father Boyle’s visit is organized in conjunction with RAFFMA’s current exhibition, “Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez.” Shown for the first time in the Inland Empire, “Bridging Homeboy Industries” includes painting, sculpture, and collaborative work by three artists who share roots in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, a close-knit community impacted by poverty and violence. This traveling exhibition, organized by guest curator and CSUSB assistant professor of visual studies Annie Buckley, originated in 2013 at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. It will be presented at CSUSB with several community-based art features.

Throughout the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to support Homeboy Industries by purchasing a collaborative print, “One Must Return” (2012), created by Debora, Kizu and Muñoz Hernandez and Otis Lab Press and donated to Homeboy Industries. The three artists’ distinctive styles come together in a limited edition letterpress print on view in the Public Practice Print Installation at RAFFMA and available for the special sliding scale rate of $75-$125 each for the run of this exhibition only.

A reception for Father Greg Boyle’s talk, as well as the Public Practice Print Installation, will be held from 4-6 p.m. CSUSB Art students enrolled in Buckley’s Chicano Art class this quarter will be on hand to offer personalized exhibition tours during the reception.

In addition to being an assistant professor of visual studies, guest curator Buckley originated and now facilitates the Community-based Art Program at CSUSB. The program is an initiative of student-led art programs throughout the Inland Empire at sites with limited access to art.

Buckley also is an interdisciplinary artist, author and art critic. Her curatorial projects have been on view at Ben Maltz Gallery, Luckman Gallery and PØST, and her writing about contemporary art has been published by The Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Art in America, The Huffington Post, Artillery, KCET Artbound and other publications. Buckley earned her M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design in 2003.

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