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Hasbrook Galleries: Action and Reaction – Anatomy of the Carceral State

These days, statistics and numbers about mass incarceration proliferate. We know abuses happen inside prisons and jails across the United States on an inconceivably large scale. We read that the United States incarcerates a fourth of the world’s prison population. These numbers are mind-numbing and shocking, but their magnitude is difficult to comprehend; how well …

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Reflections on Art for a New Future: JAC National Convening 2021

Saturday, June 26. 9:00 PM EST. A round of Zoom applause lit up the screen as we celebrated Jail Guitar Doors’ Go Getta Chris and Blaccson’s encore performance for their session: Songs and Beats, an original performance piece created by system-impacted youth. Despite being virtual, there was an electric feeling in the air that zipped …

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Art for a New Future: Spotlight on Free Lands Free Peoples

On Thursday, June 24th, Justice Arts Coalition’s 2021 National Convening, Art for a New Future, is set to begin. Our team has worked incredibly hard to bring together an amazing group of speakers and panelists, and this blog series spotlights just a few of them to give you a taste of what you can expect …

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Art for a New Future: Spotlight on Walking the Beat

One week from today, on Thursday, June 24th, Justice Arts Coalition’s 2021 National Convening: Art for a New Future is set to begin. Our team has worked incredibly hard to invite an amazing group of speakers and panelists; in the next week, we plan to share a selection of conversations with presenters to give you …

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Register for Art for a New Future: Justice Arts Coalition’s 2021 National Convening

Last fall, the Justice Arts Coalition team sat down and began to plan a convening. Months later, our dream is now a reality: from June 24 to June 26, JAC is offering a virtual convening called Art for a New Future. Convene: to come together. We invite you to join our table, to come together with our …

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Guest Blog: Dorothy Maraglino – A Day in My Box

by Dorothy Maraglino A Day in My Box About 4 AM, the lights slam on obliterating the dark from my box. I curse the inventor of the mega watt lightbulb. Breakfast is placed on the food flap ledge for me to debate to eat or not. What’s left is picked up 30 minutes later. About …

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Artist Spotlight: Lex

By Melissa Wang, JAC Intern Lex started to paint when someone in the art room at the federal prison handed him some watercolor paper, paints, and a brush. From that moment on, art became a small piece of freedom to him, a way to build community with other incarcerated folks, earn some money, and escape …

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Artist Spotlight: SNAPP – Ars Longa Vita Brevis

by Jhenna El-Sawaf, JAC Volunteer For Snapp, seeing is the first step. “My creative process is based on what I see. If I see something that catches my attention, I say to myself… ‘that would look good in charcoal or pen.’” He uses any medium available to capture his subjects: black Sharpie, watercolor pencil, charcoal, …

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