We at RAE would like to extend our gratitude to a wide ranging community of artists, film-makers, photographers, playwrights and advisors who have dedicated their exceptional creative talents in support of RAE. Artistic input ensures that RAE's programs can reach new audiences, maintain visibility, and provide deep thought-provoking understanding with the public on an international level. Artistic interpretations of the struggles we face as exonerees provide an entry point for our supporters to engage - this is invaluable to RAE. Moving forward in 2012 we aim to continue our long-standing relationships with the arts community and encourage anyone with creative projects proposals to contact Maria Hinds for information: mariahinds@r-a-e.org. Stay posted for further featured artists in 2012!


"Resurrected: The Innocence Portraits" by Dan Bolick


Daniel Bolick Painter

Painter Dan Bolick documented the exonerated in the form of larger than life paintings entitled "Resurrected: The Innocence Portraits". The collection was exhibited at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, coinciding with the first international Innocence Network Conference on wrongful conviction.

The men in Bolick’s portraits served 203 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Bolick’s paintings humanize what would otherwise be another statistic. The collection has displayed throughout the United States since 2009, raising awareness about RAE and Exonerees that have benefitted from our programs. For further information check out danielbolick.com

Graphic Artist Maria Hinds

maria hinds graphic arts

Graphic Artist Maria Hinds has been collaborating with RAE since 2010 in production of all graphic arts collateral, displays, exhibition graphics and presentations needed to promote RAE and spread awareness. In addition she is responsible for designs for all Beacons t-shirt clients. Maria's highly creative solutions are invaluable in promoting and educating both internally at RAE and throughout the nation while on tour, and are much admired by our audiences. Contact Maria here for print items mariahinds@r-a-e.org and check out her work here: munich.ie


Filmmaker Nailah Jefferson


Voices of Innocecnce Nailah Jefferson


Nailah Jefferson has been working with RAE as a film director and producer for the last 2 years. Nailah is responsible for bringing Voices of Innocence to many universities, schools and symposiums throughout the USA including upcoming dates in YALE, Arizona State University, Cardoza Law School NY, University of Texas, Austin, University of California San Jose, and University of California Santa Clara. Nailah's creative expertise has enabled us to tap into wider audiences including 'Our America' with Lisa Ling on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Nailah is an accomplished film-maker addressing issues of environmental and social injustices. Check out her lastest piece here which documents the fishermen at Pointe a la Hache and their struggle to survive following the BP Oil Spill.


Portraits by Photographer Jenny Bagert


Jenny Bagert Portraits

Local photographer Jenny Bagerts striking portraits of Louisiana exonerees are on display in RAE's front gallery space attracting much attention from the public. Jenny generously donated her time and creativity in producing these treasured images that resonate deeply with the viewer in the context of exoneration. Rae is extremely grateful to Jenny and looks forward to our ongoing creative relationship with her. Check put her website here.

An additional thanks to the following members of our expanding creative community.


- Jackie Sumell: Visual artist, creator of The House That Herman Built as featured in RAE House during the event to commemorate 39 years of the Angola 3 being held in solitary confinement. A Documentary of this project " Hermans House" features insights from our exonerees filmed on location at RAE House by Canadian film-make Angad Bhalla.


- 'Voices of Innocence' participants, directors, advisors and actors: Derek Jamison, Norris Henderson, John Thompson, Michael Graham, Doug Dilosa and Dan Bright, Gregory Bright, devised by Lara Naugton. Thanks also to Sarah Austin Jenness, from The Moth for acting coaching and to local Playwright and poet Parnell Herbert for his ongoing support in many departments at RAE. Greg Bright has written his own play "Never Fight a Shark in Water". Stay posted for upcoming shows of this at RAE.


- A big thanks to Photographer/Film-Maker/Event co-ordinator John Moore  who has tirelessly spent many hours at RAE documenting through photography and film, set design, light design and videographer for Voice of Innocence performances and other events at RAE house.


- Playwright and Author Sr. Helen Prejean is an award winning writer and playwright whose bestselling book 'Dead Man Walking' was developed into an oscar winning major motion picture, and opera. She authored the play "The Convicted" and consults with RAE not only as a creative playwright, but as an internationally acclaimed and awarded advocate for human rights and advises on policy and programming within the organization and how we integrate with the courts in provision of alternative sentencing for juveniles.


Stay posted for next months featured artists!