CA Honors Peter Swords with 1844 Medal, Celebrates Art and Social Justice
On June 15th, the Correctional Association honored Peter Swords, a long time board member and Treasurer of the Association, with our 1844 Medal at our annual spring benefit.
This year’s benefit, Art for Justice, held at the beautiful Rubin Museum of Art, featured moving performances from actor/director/producer Giancarlo Esposito; Haitian musical legend Emeline Michel; CA staff members Stacey Thompson, Richard Bryant and Sam Streed; poet, activist, and educator Ella Turenne; folk musician Terry Winchell; and poet and ReConnect graduate Sharon White-Harrigan.
The CA extends its deepest gratitude to all those generosity helped us to create a successful evening and to pay tribute to our great friend and ally Peter Swords. We would especially like to recognize the invaluable work of our creative consultant, Kathy Engel, who helped to coordinate the evening of performances. We also extend a very special thanks to the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and the Rubin Museum of Art for their generosity and assistance throughout the event planning process.
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