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Guest Contributor: Obie Weathers “When I came to prison I was quite inarticulate and made an oath to myself that I wouldn’t ever again allow someone else to tell my story. I would be the one from here on out telling it.” – excerpt from Obie Weathers Artist Statement Pieces I For the first half …

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Gary Harrell Artist Spotlight

Gary Harrell is a JAC network artist, formerly incarcerated artist, and co-founder of Shower Works, a non-profit based in California which aims to bring free, warm showers to the unhoused community of Sacramento, CA. Recently, JAC got the chance to speak with Gary about his work, art, and life experience. Continue reading to learn more …

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Community. Creativity. Support. These were the three words most used by Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) team members when asked to describe JAC’s personality. And it was these three words which guided the process of redesigning JAC’s logo from start to finish. Many revisions were made throughout this process, but at the heart of each was …

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Artist (Collaboration) Spotlight: Spoon Jackson and SaraMarie Bottaro

Recently, JAC had the opportunity to talk with JAC network artist Spoon Jackson and artist SaraMarie Bottaro. Over the past year, the two artists have formed a friendship and collaborative partnership despite the physical distance that exists between them. The following is an artist spotlight conducted in conversation with each other.  JAC: As much as …

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“Correctional: A Memoir” by Ravi Shankar

In February 2022 JAC had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Ravi Shankar, professor, author, and pushcart award winning poet, about his newly released book Correctional, A Memoir. Dr. Shankar discussed his experiences leading up to the release of his memoir, along with what inspired him to put pen to paper in the first place, …

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Day in the Life of a JAC Intern: Jesse’s Monday

By JAC Intern, Jesse DiMeglio “But like what do you do? Like what’s your actual job?”  This is the typical response I get when I talk to people about my work with JAC. I’ve been interning with JAC since October 2021. If I were to describe that time in one phrase, I would say it …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: André de Quadros

Recently JAC had the chance to speak with Dr André de Quadros, human rights activist, music educator, artist, and ethnomusicologist, who has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries. His professional work has taken him to the most diverse settings, spanning professional ensembles, and projects with prisons, psychosocial rehabilitation, refugees and asylum-seekers, poverty locations, …

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Hours Into Being a Refugee Due to Covid

Guest Contributor: Dorothy Maraglino Hours Into Being a Refugee Due to Covid Hours into being an inmate refugee due to the mismanagement of Covid by CDCR. Around noon we were notified that we would need to relocate. To relocate we were given several clear trash bags to put all of our possessions in. Over the …

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