Justice Arts Coalition Blog

“Correctional: A Memoir” by Ravi Shankar

By Clare Walker, JAC Intern 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 …

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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

By Clare Walker, JAC Intern 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, …

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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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Artist Spotlight: Cuong Mike Tran

By Clare Walker, JAC Intern Mike Tran has been dabbling in art and drawing his surroundings since childhood. At an early age he “cursed a dream that was imposed on [him].” His talent, he says, was acknowledged but never encouraged. As the years passed, school and work began to take priority and art was put …

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Captivity Without Sunlight

Guest Contributor: Marcus Pettiford I have not been exposed to sunlight in 27 days. Who knew that sunlight is such a luxury? There are people in the nation without clean drinking water. We’re called “prisoners.” Not to mention the children in Flint. Everyday I scrape my soul for humanity just to make it through. The …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Rowan Renee

By Clare Walker, JAC Intern Recently, JAC had the chance to speak with Rowan Renee. Rowan (b. 1985, West Palm Beach, Florida) is a genderqueer artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Their work addresses the intersections of gender-based violence, intergenerational trauma and mass incarceration through State records and family archives.  In 2019, they acquired the contents …

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Artist Spotlight: Chris Schulze

By Ian Trawinski, JAC Intern The visual work of artist Chris Schulze stands out amongst its peers thanks to the preternatural geometric perfection present throughout many of these pieces. Chris displays a level of skill which surpasses that of even the most finely tuned machines, those whose ability to produce straight lines, perfect circles, and …

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