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Seed Love: A Summer Arts and Healing Series

It’s been my deep honor as DPN’s Cultural Arts Coordinator to have facilitated Seed Love this summer. Seed Love is a pop-up arts and healing series that took place directly outside the LA County jails. It was the intention of Seed Love to disrupt the oppressive and shaming environment created by the LA County Sheriff’s Department and provide space for families with incarcerated loved ones to heal, create, and organize.

​Delia applies aloe plant medicine to Coyote's foot at the herbal healing station. Participants left with planted seeds and bundles of healing herbs.

​Delia applies aloe plant medicine to Coyote’s foot at the herbal healing station. Participants left with planted seeds and bundles of healing herbs.

We had five successful events this summer! The response from participants has been so heartwarming. <3

​Justin writes a letter to his Brother inside at the Kaya Press booth.

​Justin writes a letter to his Brother inside at the Kaya Press booth.

Justin (above) who we met at the Pitchess event wrote us later to say, “Thank you for the work you’re doing and for helping connect my mother and I with my brother behind bars. You truly made a difference for me today.” We’ve also had many loved ones thank us verbally and enthusiastically sign up to volunteer at future events.

DPN is so grateful to all of you who have made this series possible this summer! Thank you for donating your time, your money, your skills, or food. We love you!

Mariella Saba providing free massage therapy for people visiting loved ones at Pitchess Detention Center.

Mariella Saba providing free massage therapy for people visiting loved ones at Pitchess Detention Center.

Our next artistic endeavor is the new issue of the DPN Zine. Please be in touch if you are interested in getting involved!