Arts & Justice Events Across the US

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Events can also be found on our Google calendar.

 

Book of Judith Launch Event

Thu, Oct 6, 2022 | 7:00 PM EDT

Online

Join us as we celebrate the launch of The Book of Judith, an homage to the life of poet, writer, and teaching artist Judith Tannenbaum (b. 1947 – d. 2019).

Friends and relatives of the late poet will honor her legacy and reflect on her teaching and impact on incarcerated and marginalized students. The event will include introductions by Lynne Elizabeth, Spoon Jackson, and JAC founding director Wendy Jason along with a selection of readings from the book by Fury Young, Allie Horevitz, and devorah major. Participants will also be invited to connect and share their memories and reflections.

Register for the event here!

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“Even Flowers Bleed” Jamie Diaz Solo Exhibition

Sept 15 – Oct 29, 2022

Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Daniel Cooney Fine Art is truly honored to present “Even Flowers Bleed,” a debut solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by artist Jamie Diaz dating from 2013-2022. These works are being shown for the first time to the public from the personal collection of Gabriel Joffe, co-curator of this exhibition and Jamie’s close friend. In addition to her paintings, a selection of Jamie’s original comics will be on display.

Jamie Diaz is a Mexican American trans woman and artist currently incarcerated in Texas. All the paintings in the exhibition were made in her cell with the very limited supplies available on the inside. “Jamie is a spunky, boundary pushing artist whose work is a revolutionary testament to the power of queer prisoner creation,” remarks longtime collaborator and director of A.B.O. Comix, Casper Cendre.

The gallery will host a public opening on September 15 from 6 – 8 pm EDT.

Read more about Jamie’s upcoming exhibition here

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“A Little More, While I Can” Exhibition Opening

August 12th, 2022 | 6-9 pm EDT

Triple Crown Towson Tattoo

Artist and musician William B. Livingston III, in collaboration with Justice Arts Coalition, presents, A Little More, While I Can, an exhibition hosted by York and Penn Fine Art Gallery. The exhibition marks the launch of Livingston’s new book, “Live from the Cell Block: Will Livingston and His Silk Screen Machine.”

Best-known for his concert poster prints created on a hand-built silk screen machine, A Little More, While I Can, highlights another exciting and inspiring body of Livingston’s work. Showcasing his vast repertoire of acrylic works, the exhibition accentuates the lively and colorful spirit of York & Penn Fine Art Gallery and downtown Towson. The paintings, all created by Livingston while in prison, are colorful and bold, and transport both artist and viewer into a vibrant dreamscape. Livingston hopes visitors to the exhibition will feel drawn to them as strongly as he felt compelled to create them.

A Little More, While I Can opens Friday, August 12 at Triple Crown Tattoo in Towson, MD with an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00 PM EDT. The exhibition will run until September 19, 2022. 

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The Art of Grief 

July 18th, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM EDT

Virtual

In March 2022, Justice Arts Coalition and the Institute for the Development of Human Arts launched “The Art of Grief” to demonstrate the myriad shapes that grief can take, as well as the many ways that we can tend to our grief. The project centers the power of creativity to make meaning from and heal through grief, in contrast with medicalized approaches. An open call yielded 40+ submissions, which can be viewed via an online gallery.

On Monday, July 18 from 6-8 pm EST, JAC and IDHA are hosting a virtual lived experience showcase to spotlight works submitted to “The Art of Grief,” with the hope of transmuting our collective grief into new narratives that celebrate the power of mutual support and community action.

Register in advance via Eventbrite to join

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Emergence

Reception

August 13, 2022 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM EDT
Workhouse Arts Center

Justice Arts Coalition and Workhouse Arts Center present Emergence, an exhibition running from July 22 through October 16, 2022. Emergence features works by artists previously and currently confined to carceral institutions across the United States.

Emergence not only bears witness to Workhouse Arts Center’s past, but to the current state of the carceral system in the U.S. Through the works of over 30 artists, this exhibition invites viewers to explore and question the circumstances in which both the venue and the artworks were made, and asks them to consider what is possible by reclaiming a space created for captivity and transforming it into a place of creative possibilities. The exhibition opens July 22, 2022. A reception will be held on August 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM featuring artist talks and a teach-in led by the End the Exception Project.

Read more about the exhibition and register for the reception here.

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Busboys and Poets Brookland

April 10th – September 11th
Washington, DC

Busboys and Poets comes together with Justice Arts Coalition to present a collection of works created by inside Artists who have close ties to the DC area. Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, community gathering place, and cultural hub, which has quickly established itself as a District mainstay dedicated to providing a place for deliberate pause, where one can feed their mind, body and soul. Stop by for a bite and view the artwork of JAC Network Artists Greg BoldenConor BroderickHarry Ellis, and KID WITH DA CRAYONS KW/DC.
 

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Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

April 22 – August 7, 2022
Cincinnati, OH

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration  will be opening at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati on April 22.

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration explores the impact of the US prison system through contemporary visual art. Through the work of artists who are or have been incarcerated alongside artists who have not, the exhibition reveals how punitive governance, predatory policing, surveillance and mass imprisonment impacts millions of people.

Marking Time features work by over 30 artists, including JAC network artists Cedar Annenkova, Conor Broderick, Gary Harrell, William B. Livingston III, Jesse Osmun, Billy Sell, James Sepesi, and collaborator Aimee Wissman.

Admission

Included with general admission.
Buy your tickets here.

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Monkey: A Kung Fu Parable

Coming soon 2022
Boston

A new look at old Monkey, the greatest quest hero from ancient times

With his comrades-in-arms, Zhu, a heavenly Marshall reincarnated into a Pig for his evil, gluttonous ways, and Sha, once a princess, now a sand monster who devours unwary travellers, this unlikely trio journeys west. They become disciples and protectors of the Monk sent by Buddha to retrieve the holy Sutras in the hopes that this journey will bring each of them their own personal salvation. An ancient Wizard of Oz tale for our times.

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Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration 

“Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration” considers the foundational roots of confinement from an art historical perspective to better understand the fact that today’s mass incarceration crisis is centuries in the making. The exhibition explores how images throughout time contribute to entrenched cultural beliefs associated with today’s carceral system. The exhibition includes 12 never-before-seen, commissioned artworks from contemporary artists whose work combines history, research and storytelling in material form. Miki Garcia, director of the ASU Art Museum, says, “This exhibition was inspired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s strategy in her documentary “13th,” which uses history as a lens to understand present-day phenomena and as a way to trace how legacies of the past persist to this day.”

“Undoing Time” opens at the ASU Art Museum Sept. 1.

Associated Public Programs:

All programming is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for each program you are interested in attending.

Nov. 13, 2021

We Occupy/We Dis-cover

1–4 pm MST; 3 – 7 pm EST. ASU Art Museum.

Gregory Sale, associate professor in the School of Art, and Julio César Morales, senior curator at ASU Art Museum

In response to and part of the exhibition, a group of community justice scholars, artists and ASU graduate students will take over the museum to unseat, dis-locate and de-center notions of safety, imprisonment and control. Visit us and participate in a day of interventions, conversations and performances. After engaging in this transformative community work focused on mass incarceration, participants will leave with full hearts and minds. Organizers of this event are enrolled in ASU School of Art’s Art and Justice course, (ARA 591) taught by Gregory Sale and Julio César Morales.

Jan. 20, 2022

“Undoing Time” Roundtable 

6 pm MST; 8 pm EST. ASU Art Museum. Or attend virtually.

Natalie Diaz, Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Associate Professor

Stay tuned for more information.

Feb. 3, 2022

Undoing Time Roundtable: Critical Witnessing

6 pm MST; 8 pm EST. ASU Art Museum. Or attend virtually.

Vice Provost and Professor Tiffany Lopez

Join Vice Provost and Professor Tiffany Lopez in a roundtable discussion about “critical witnessing.” This is a term Dr. Lopez coined to describe the process of stepping into a space of personal and/or social transformation as the direct result of experiencing a work of art that clarifies that one is part of the continuum of the work. Critical witnessing is the experience of seeing a work of art and realizing you do not want to directly participate in or indirectly perpetuate the history of violence and trauma in an artwork. The experience of the work brings a shift from passive viewer to active witness with critical awareness, emerging toward a path of change.

Feb. 8, 2022

Dreaming Beyond the Carceral State

6 pm MST; 8 pm EST Virtual. 

Ashley Hunt and Juan Brenner with organizers from Mass Liberation

What would it look like to live in a world without prisons? Join artists Ashley Hunt and Juan Brenner, with organizers from Mass Liberation, for a public conversation considering possibilities for justice and fairness that do not include a prison system.

This program is organized in collaboration with the ASU Art Museum, Performance in the Borderlands, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Social Transformation Lab.

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25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist’s work and builds community around art making inside prisons.

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Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison

A Digital Exhibition

Museum of the African Diaspora is proud to present Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison, an exhibition of the work of twelve artists incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. The twenty-one works in the exhibition include linocut prints, acrylic paintings, ink drawings on paper, and collage and are organized and curated by Prison Renaissance co-founder Rahsaan “New York” Thomas. Eclectic in influence, certain works in this exhibition nod to pointillism and neo-constructivism while others honor the importance of Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance. These artists maintain significant artistic practices spanning diverse techniques and subjects. The works are presented with accompanying statements written by each artist, allowing these incarcerated men to speak for themselves and share their vision and perspectives in their own words.

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Chosen Family: Marking Time Artist Talks with Mary Baxter

Every other Thursday through April 1, 12 p.m. EST

2021 means something new. We invited artist Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter to host a series of online conversations with her fellow artists in Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. These lunchtime chats bring a wide range of voices into dialogue to consider how bonds are forged through and around creative practice in the face of state-imposed separation.

This Thursday, January 7, Baxter will be in discussion with artists Jesse Krimes, Jared Owens, and Gilberto Rivera, who formed a deep friendship centered by their art practice while incarcerated.

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Amplify Music’s weekly live-streamed concert – Amplify TV

AmplifyTV is a safe, inclusive space for live-streamed music in the face of a global pandemic and beyond. We emphasize booking musicians with prior justice involvement. Following each show, a video recording is sent to juvenile facilities around Virginia. Shows are publicly live-streamed each Thursday at 8pm. A donation of $10 is encouraged and all earnings from each show will be divided between Amplify Music and the performer(s).

Amplify Music is hosting weekly livestreamed concerts through Amplify TV and they are looking for performers, especially individuals who were formerly incarcerated. These are free events, and donations received during the concert are split between the performers and Amplify Music! Please sign-up through this form. 

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Drama Therapy Group

Thursdays ongoing: February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20

9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Zoom, Free of Charge

You are invited to a Drama Therapy Group for the Formerly Incarcerated that will be ongoing on every third Thursday of the month. When you RSVP, you will get the zoom link to join. We are a group of Drama Therapists who have been meeting every week for several months as a way of staying connected, educating ourselves, and coming up with opportunities for ongoing work. We are hoping to collaborate with the many incredible people who have re-entered and are interested in continuing to go deeper with theatrical, creative work both for personal connection, healing, and workshopping their own ideas. Our goal is to share freely, play, and to go in a direction that the group as a whole wishes to go – the possibilities are endless.
 
Please join any week you can. You don’t have to commit to every group or month. Please share with any formerly incarcerated peers. We are eager to meet new people as well.
 
We look forward to sharing this time together!
 
Led by Drama Therapists: Kamran Afary, Elizabeth Malone Alteet, Lynn Baker-Nauman, and Marianne Shine.
 
RSVP to malone.lizzie@gmail.com for Zoom link and details.

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Stun & Run: Women’s Self Defense

Sun, Apr 25 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Want to remove the word VICTIM from your vocabulary? Then sign up for STUN & RUN- a workshop designed exclusively for women who want to learn what they can do to protect themselves on an everyday basis. Created by Master Dora King, one of the highest ranking women martial artists in the country, this workshop will give you the tools to make self defense a way of life. The workshop will include both practice of blocks and defensive techniques as well as discussion of vital spots and striking points.


This workshop is open to girls and women of all ages. Wear comfortable clothing.

Meet the Instructor:
Master Dora King is a 7th degree Black Belt with King Karate and has trained in the martial arts for 35 years. She is the Director of Youth Karate-Ka Association; a non-profit which provides at risk youth an opportunity to train in the martial arts and healthy life choices. She also Co-Founded the Harvesting Earth Educational Farm designed to introduce local, organic food as a part of our healthy life choices. Dora founded the Stun & Run Self Defense system in an effort to offer females an opportunity to train with other females in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

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Cosmic Cowboy

Spring 2022
Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage Boston

You are the lone cowboy Silhouetted against your comet’s fiery tail Riding the endless cosmos Into the deepest darkness.

Inspired by the historic landing of the space probe Philae on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Cosmic Cowboy explores the origins of the universe beginning at the Big Bang when the universe is formed by the mating of the Sumerian gods, Tiamat and Apsu. It traverses the mystery of time and space, through wormholes, black holes and alternate universes, until it comes full circle into the ultimate mystery – the human heart. Tia, Tiamat’s daughter, befriends the robotic probe and together, they confront the Astronaut from the spaceship Mayflower sent to retrieve the robot and to capture Tia, the first extra-terrestial known to us.

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