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The Becomings of A Master: The Portrait Series #3

By R. Zumar This is baby Harmoni, born January 27th, 2020. I look at her at peace with no worries in the world. A new little human gifted to us, a life with so much potential. Like all children, at least in our country, she will have the basics to survive and grow. She will …

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Black Lives Matter

We write this message in response to the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee and countless other Black people at the hands of police and law enforcement across the country. As a community that includes many people impacted by our unjust law enforcement and carceral systems, we mourn the deaths …

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Artist Spotlight: Jordan and Joshua Earls

This month, we are highlighting two artists in our network: brothers Jordan (Jordy) and Joshua (Josh) Earls, a poet and painter/writer, respectively. What follows is gathered from our correspondence with the artists, the work they have generously shared with JAC, their descriptions of their work and processes, and an interview with their parents, Penny and …

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I am From…

In the month of April, National Poetry Month, JAC invited the artists in our network to participate in a poetry challenge: writing “I am From” poems. Annabel Manning of Prison Art + Aesthetics Project (PAAP) is collaborating with JAC on an “I Am” poetry and drawing project.  JAC invites network artists and writers to submit …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Sarah Dahnke and Sarah Pope of Dances for Solidarity

We recently talked with Sarah Dahnke and Sarah Pope, our newest additions to the Teaching Artist Spotlight series. Sarah Dahnke is the Artist Director and Sarah Pope is the Associate Director of Dances for Solidarity (DFS). Dances for Solidarity is a collaborative dance project where Dahnke and Pope, who both possess a professional and creative background …

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The Prison Story Project

On May 23, 2020, in collaboration with The Prison Story Project, the Justice Arts Coalition will be presenting a premiere screening of “On the Row,” a documentary created by The Prison Story Project that explores the humanity and stories of men currently on death row. As part of our larger Create + Connect: Online Workshop …

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Coronavirus in Prison

This post will be updated with additional quotes and testimonials, as JAC receives further information from the incarcerated individuals within our network. If you have any details that might be relevant to this ongoing work, please contact info@thejusticeartscoalition.org. “Thankfully, we do not have a positive case here. Several staff have been exposed but the prison has …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Lori Pitts

We recently talked with Lori Pitts, our newest addition to the Teaching Artist Spotlight series. Lori is the Founding Director and a Facilitator at Voices Unbarred, a platform for individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated to have their voices heard. Voices Unbarred uses the ideology and techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed to guide their …

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