Justice Arts Coalition Blog

Register for Art for a New Future: Justice Arts Coalition’s 2021 National Convening

Last fall, the Justice Arts Coalition team sat down and began to plan a convening. Months later, our dream is now a reality: from June 24 to June 26, JAC is offering a virtual convening called Art for a New Future. Convene: to come together. We invite you to join our table, to come together with our …

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Guest Blog: Dorothy Maraglino – A Day in My Box

by Dorothy Maraglino A Day in My Box About 4 AM, the lights slam on obliterating the dark from my box. I curse the inventor of the mega watt lightbulb. Breakfast is placed on the food flap ledge for me to debate to eat or not. What’s left is picked up 30 minutes later. About …

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Artist Spotlight: Lex

By Melissa Wang, JAC Intern Lex started to paint when someone in the art room at the federal prison handed him some watercolor paper, paints, and a brush. From that moment on, art became a small piece of freedom to him, a way to build community with other incarcerated folks, earn some money, and escape …

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Artist Spotlight: SNAPP – Ars Longa Vita Brevis

by Jhenna El-Sawaf, JAC Volunteer For Snapp, seeing is the first step. “My creative process is based on what I see. If I see something that catches my attention, I say to myself… ‘that would look good in charcoal or pen.’” He uses any medium available to capture his subjects: black Sharpie, watercolor pencil, charcoal, …

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Steve Davis and Chad Merrill pARTner Project Collaboration

by Absa Fall, JAC Intern Justice Arts Coalition is proud to present a wonderful collaboration that came from our pARTner project, which matches incarcerated artists with artists on the outside to foster connection through letter correspondence and the exchange of creative works. Steve Davis, a photographer, and Chad Merrill, an incarcerated painter, came together to create …

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

This blog is a part of our newest series: Community Voices. Through this new series, we will be highlighting stories, insights, and reflections from across the JAC network of teaching artists, volunteers, interns, staff, and our wonderful audience and supporters. We are so grateful to have such a passionate and diverse community and we hope …

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Community Voices Blog: Staff Art Picks

We are so excited to announce our newest series on the JAC Blog: Community Voices. Through this new blog series, we will be highlighting stories, insights, and reflections from across the JAC network of teaching artists, volunteers, interns, staff and our wonderful audience and supporters. We are so grateful to have such a passionate and …

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Inside & Out Exhibition Spotlight: Karim Shuquem, Lesley Rae Burdick, and Edee Allynnah

For a deeper look at some of the incredible pieces in JAC’s inaugural online exhibition, Inside & Out: Photorealists to Minimalists, JAC spoke with featured artists Karim Shuquem, Lesley Rae Burdick, and Edee Allynnah. Amid growing calls for transformative justice and the abolition of our country’s criminal legal system, artists can play a unique role …

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