Justice Arts Coalition Blog

by Isa Berliner, JAC Intern We are excited to share the virtual Rendering Justice exhibition from Mural Arts Philadelphia, in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Curated by artist Jesse Krimes, Rendering Justice is an expansive examination of mass incarceration and an unflinching depiction of contemporary America. The artworks are part of Mural …

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JAC needs your support!

Dear JAC Community, As we approach the end of this incredibly challenging year, I am filled with gratitude for everyone who has supported our work and all of the wonderful members of the Justice Arts Coalition’s community. On behalf of our team of volunteers and interns, thank you for partnering with us to unite teaching …

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Artist Spotlight: Reginald Dwayne Betts

by Melissa Wang, JAC Intern “I started reading poetry in a cell in solitary confinement,” writes Reginald Dwayne Betts to the Justice Arts Coalition. Now an award-winning poet and Ph.D candidate in Law at Yale Law School, Betts began his poetic practice in prison. As a sixteen-year-old, Betts was sentenced to nine years in prison …

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Art Connects Us

Dear friends, Our team is grateful to our wonderful community for contributing to and engaging with JAC in so many ways over the last year, through some very challenging times. We’re excited to celebrate the launch of Maryland’s first multidisciplinary, distance learning arts program serving incarcerated women, CorrespondARTS, with all of our friends and supporters. …

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Artist Spotlight: Jeremiah Murphy

by Molly Wooliver, JAC Intern Creating art is a powerful and effective way to express how a person is feeling and what they are thinking, and to see how they interact with the world. It can help with understanding yourself as well as other people in a way that other forms of communication cannot. Painter …

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Artist Spotlight: William Brown

by Isa Berliner, JAC Intern Art can be a source of joy, an outlet for emotions, and an opportunity for self-expression. For some, creating is all this and more, becoming a means for survival. For William Brown, drawing started as a way to cope with a traumatic childhood filled with mental, physical, and sexual abuse. …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Gabriel Ross

JAC recently spoke with Gabriel Ross, our newest addition to the Teaching Artist Spotlight series. Gabriel (MA Catechetics and Liturgy, University of St. Thomas) is the founding director of Creative Spirit, a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring spirituality through the arts. Gabriel has facilitated adult education courses and intergenerational programming for over 25 years. She …

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Guest Blog: Annie Buckley – Lines Drawn and Erased

By Annie Buckley This is the fourth and final post in a series of four blogs for the Justice Arts Coalition, excerpted from the series, “Art Inside,” published by Los Angeles Review of Books. The full series is available here. To read the first three posts in Buckley’s JAC blog series, see: Oasis in the …

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