Wednesday Night Network Gatherings
Since the start of the pandemic, we have been hosting weekly Zoom gatherings to strengthen our community, provide support and learning opportunities for people whose work is focused on ensuring that incarcerated folks have access to opportunities for creative expression, and form a bridge for people not involved in this work to see and understand the urgency of what is happening inside facilities in light of COVID-19. We are thinking about the ways in which we, as artists, advocates, and allies, can inspire action on the outside and continue to provide people inside with opportunities for creative expression. Our weekly Wednesday evening Zoom gatherings alternate between full group dialogue, guest presentations, and activities that deepen our sense of connection with each other and across our network. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Cat at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to join our Google Group, where information about these efforts is shared.
Monthly Distance Learning/Alternative Programming Curricula Discussions
JAC holds discussions every other Monday about curriculum for remote arts instruction and programming.
We usually invite 3-5 teaching artists to share how they have modified their materials/assignments for correspondence-based instruction, how they provide feedback to students, and the biggest challenges they have faced during this shift. We will also discuss whether they are including assignments that allow students to reflect and react to the current events of Covid and the protests for racial justice. Join us to learn from these speakers and share your experience, whether you are currently providing distance programming, just getting started, or aren’t currently teaching but want to learn strategies for developing alternative programming. Calls usually run 90 minutes but feel free to join us for any length of time. To join our Google Group and receive notifications about these meetings, and/or to If you would like to present a few sample lesson plans, worksheets, student responses, student feedback, etc., please email Cat at email@example.com.