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Guest Blog: Dorothy Maraglino – Homesick in Prison

by Dorothy Maraglino Homesick in Prison Every prisoner in this room is suffering from intense homesickness. Contact is essential for us to feel there is a life to go home to. Like these women, I have a family that I used to be a central part of. Now, there are days I wonder if I …

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Carole Alden: The Fish House

JAC recently spoke with Carole Alden, a visionary artist currently living in Utah where she is building a creative healing space for women survivors of violence and trauma. Born in Orleans, France, Carole grew up throughout the Western US. She first began her art practice working with clay and bronze, later moving to fiber. It …

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Correctional: A Memoir by Ravi Shankar

“We ball. We bait bishops. We run money early and often. We tell comic stories, inflecting with machismo and swagger the hour when we might be cradling a loved one. We do push-ups in the dayroom and curl water bags for our biceps. We put apples and bread down our pants. We wait for our …

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On Radical Acceptance, Chosen Family, + Collective Care: Reflections from JAC’s Summer Interns

by Hannah Teich, JAC Web Team Intern I first came across JAC last fall, on an aimless Google search for something like “prison + art.” At the time, I, like all of us, was home, feeling mostly restless and isolated, untethered from the everyday rhythms of normal non-pandemic life. For the past few months, I …

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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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