Welcome to the Justice Arts Coalition

Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, currently and formerly incarcerated artists, and allies, harnessing the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice. 


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Please explore this site to:

  • learn more about the Coalition
  • follow regular blog posts
  • browse the galleries of artwork
  • check out our upcoming events and program offerings, as well as events and opportunities across the US
  • find art programs across the US, and
  • search resources for books, articles, films, and other publications
  • connect with artists in prison through the pARTner project 
  • sign up to volunteer with JAC
  • contact us for media inquiries, assistance planning and promoting events related to JAC’s work, if you’re seeking support for incarcerated artists, or simply for more information about what we do
  • Show your support for our work! Become a sustaining member or make a one-time donation here.

We believe Black lives matter. We believe that racism and white supremacy must be dismantled and rooted out, and that we must build a new and better world. We believe in the power of art and creation to help us imagine that world, and the power of community and solidarity to help get us there.

Most importantly, we commit to acting upon these values in everything we do.

We at the Justice Arts Coalition acknowledge that we are based on the traditional lands of the Nacotchtank and Piscataway peoples (Piscataway Indian Nation, the Piscataway-Conoy Confederacy, and the Cedarville Band of Piscataway), both past and present. They have stewarded the land through generations. Land holds cultural, historical, and traditional meaning, and we hope this acknowledgment is not the end of our conversation but rather a starting point to reduce intentional erasure and engage in more conversation about decolonizing land relations. Our commitment to liberation and prison abolition is deeply intertwined with decolonization and indigenization. For settlers: as you navigate this virtual space, we invite you to think critically about how your resistance to carceral punishment intertwines with Indigenous rights in the spaces you occupy.

JAC is proud to be a grantee of the Art For Justice Fund
Database and archive support has been generously provided in kind by Nil Database.
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JAC is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council