About JUSTstories:

Thanks to support from the Art for Justice Fund, JAC is teaming up with social impact production company Unchained Stories to bring their curriculum program JUSTstories to individual artists and organizations that are part of the JAC network.

JUSTstories supports nonprofits, community organizations, and justice leaders in building capacity for impactful visual storytelling and content creation within their organizations. Through a series of workshops and labs offered on a virtual platform, we will bring the program to a cohort of 8 JAC network organizations and artists, prioritizing individuals with lived experience of incarceration and organizations led by system-impacted people.

In the end, each participant will have a short documentary-style video that introduces their own story and their work, and together these videos will begin to weave a narrative about the power of art and impacted voices to advance our collective goal to end mass incarceration. Participants in the cohort will feel confident in their ability and capacity to develop story-based projects to amplify their work and community voices and will have increased institutional capacity for more effective storytelling to raise awareness and funding for their work and transform narratives to advance justice.

Who should apply? We invite applications from artists and advocates who are passionate about learning to create video and film content that shifts narratives to end cycles of violence and punishment. Creatives who have experienced incarceration and identify as LGBTQ+ and/or people of color are particularly encouraged to apply.

How do I apply? If you are interested and would like to be a part of the first cohort of this program, fill out the application here. Please keep in mind that the program will take place over 3-4 months, with virtual content and live meetings will be every other Thursday from 7-9pm EST starting on February 17, 2022.  You can expect to spend a total of 6 hours per week participating through virtual course materials, live workshops, and production for your film between March and June 2022.

Learn more! We will be hosting a live info session and mini storytelling workshop on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00pm EST as part of the regular weekly JAC gathering. Join us to learn more about JUSTstories and how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity. If you have any questions prior to the event, contact us at juststories@thejusticeartscoalition.org.

Our Partner, Unchained Stories:

Unchained Stories was founded as a social impact production company in deep
collaboration with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people over the past 5 years. Founder Kristin Adair is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist, an attorney with experience in non-profit advocacy and a teaching artist who has developed a justice-centered curriculum to teach multimedia storytelling. The Unchained Stories team has expertise in storytelling and advocacy, and an understanding of the system from the inside and outside. They are building a diverse community of creatives who are passionate about their work and skilled in their fields, from cinematography to producing and editing as well as teaching and skill sharing.