Welcome to the Justice Arts Coalition

Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, artists who are or have been incarcerated and their allies, harnessing the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice.
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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Brian Daldorph

Recently, JAC had the chance to speak with Brian Daldorph, poet, teacher, and author of six books of poetry including his most recent: Words is a Powerful Thing. Brian is a creative writing instructor at the University of Kansas...

Gary Harrell Artist Spotlight

After his release from San Quentin in 2020, Gary Harrell got a job in San Rafael working in a construction yard. But this meant an hour and a half commute to and from work each day. So when someone suggested he look for part-time work in San Francisco, he took the suggestion and never turned back...

Pieces: Guest Blog By Obie Weathers

For the first half of my life I was told what to do, how to do it, where to do it, and for how long. The way my parents raised me in the 1980’s and 90’s in the American South, where so much grew out of the culture of enslavement, there wasn’t any room for me to think independently...

We believe Black lives matter. We believe that racism and white supremacy must be dismantled and rooted out, and that we must build a new and better world. We believe in the power of art and creation to help us imagine that world, and the power of community and solidarity to help get us there.

Most importantly, we commit to acting upon these values in everything we do.

We at the Justice Arts Coalition acknowledge that we are based on the traditional lands of the Nacotchtank and Piscataway peoples (Piscataway Indian Nation, the Piscataway-Conoy Confederacy, and the Cedarville Band of Piscataway), both past and present. They have stewarded the land through generations. Land holds cultural, historical, and traditional meaning, and we hope this acknowledgment is not the end of our conversation but rather a starting point to reduce intentional erasure and engage in more conversation about decolonizing land relations. Our commitment to liberation and prison abolition is deeply intertwined with decolonization and indigenization. For settlers: as you navigate this virtual space, we invite you to think critically about how your resistance to carceral punishment intertwines with Indigenous rights in the spaces you occupy.


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