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Guest Post: Naomi Rachel – The Amazing Nash News

by Naomi Rachel, JAC Volunteer – with Gary Farlow and Caddell Kivett  After working with incarcerated poets for twenty years (with PEN and JAC) I didn’t expect to be amazed by anything produced at a prison. Yup, I was a bit jaded. Never by the writers, who always impress me with their knowledge and their …

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At Justice Arts Coalition, we are always working on new ways to engage with our community and share the wonderful work of our network artists. In the past year, we have moved our existing programs to virtual spaces to respond to the pandemic and developed innovative new ways to better amplify system-impacted artists. One of …

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Inside & Out Musical Launch: Spotlight on Artists BL Shirelle and King Moosa

by Melissa Wang, JAC Intern Justice Art Coalition’s inaugural virtual exhibition is opening tonight, featuring over thirty incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, teaching, and independent artists. We invite you to join us for the musical launch of Inside & Out: Photorealists to Minimalists, tonight, February 26th, at 7 PM EST. Register for the event here.  JAC will …

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Artist Spotlight: Brian Hindson

by Melissa Wang and Isa Berliner, JAC Interns The creative process enables us to see good in the world and people around us. Brian Hindson’s story and his collaborative work with other incarcerated artists exemplify this exceptional power of art. His creative story begins, surprisingly, twenty-two years after leaving art school. Although Brian attended art …

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Artist Spotlight: Nhut Vo

by Isa Berliner, JAC Intern “When you paint and when you draw, to me, you create a capsule with time and space, and it’s imprinted in life forever at that time.” When Nhut Vo arrived in the United States at nine years old, it was not only his first time in a new country, but …

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Artist Spotlight: Daniel Martinez

by Melissa Wang, JAC Intern I send this one out To all the homeboys down in, uh, Clinton lockdown Rikers Island, all them dudes I was, uh, locked up with E block, F block, lower H N-I-C in Rikers Island Downstate All the peoples I met along the way Better days is comin’ homeboy, keep …

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Kenneth Reams: Workshop and Art Auction

JAC is proud to feature the work of Kenneth Reams, an artist and activist who has been incarcerated on death row for twenty-seven years. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in order to raise money for his ongoing fight for freedom, Kenneth is auctioning off this 8.5″ x 11″ framed portrait of …

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Artist Spotlight: Derrick Grantley

by Joslyn Lapinski, JAC Intern At just 15 years old, Derrick Grantley was incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. At 17, he was placed into solitary confinement, where he has remained for 21 consecutive years. “With no end in sight, I am still fighting my case in the court,” Derrick tells us. Day …

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