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The Art of Endurance

Guest Contributor: Anne Bocchini Kirsch My relationship with words goes back as far as I can remember. I’m a writer from a family of writers – my nonno’s ability to define any word in the dictionary was renowned, my mother is a professional editor who created new space across 5 decades and continues to do …

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Conversations Among Trees

By Liv, JAC Intern Recently, JAC had the privilege to speak simultaneously with Tim Reed and Spoon Jackson. Spoon is an award-winning author and poet whose artistic projects include everything from zines to podcasts. He is featured in Tomorrow’s Ken: Portraits of Lives Affected by Incarceration, the seven-part video series created by Tim Reed, a …

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Guest Contributor: Conor Broderick Pathways – a familiar analogy about the choices and circumstances that shape our lives. We try to follow or create new lines through our known world. Pathways can be mutually exclusive, but they are also intertwined within our shared existence. And in this world, our paths will cross. It doesn’t matter …

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On Freedom

Guest Contributor: David Annarelli As the world continues to descend into assorted and varied madness, the word freedom is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Ukraine, clearly, but also those political dissidents such as Mr. Navalny, as of June 15 disappeared into a Russian maximum security prison, and those American citizens such as WNBA star …

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Artist Spotlight: Dominique Merritt

By Liv, JAC Intern Dominique Merritt is a JAC network artist who has submitted vivid colored pencil renderings of everything from landscapes to portraits. Recently, JAC had the opportunity to interview Dominique about his inspirations, technique, and interests. Read on to learn more about what happens behind the scenes of his artwork. For as long …

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Preserving Their Stories: A New NEH-Funded Project to Archive Mass Incarceration

JAC is honored to be partnering with Ithaka S+R on this much needed project to increase access to stories of people impacted by mass incarceration. We’re thrilled to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), through its Research and Development Program, has granted funding to a new Ithaka S+R project to explore how the …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Kirk Charlton

By Liv, JAC Intern Recently, JAC had the privilege to speak with Kirk Charlton, a visual artist, formerly incarcerated teaching artist, and founder of the program Art Inside Out. Continue reading to learn about Kirk’s relationship to art, the mission of Art Inside Out, and the values which shape the program. When Kirk Charlton was …

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