On Radical Acceptance, Chosen Family, + Collective Care: Reflections from JAC’s Summer Interns

by Hannah Teich, JAC Web Team Intern I first came across JAC last fall, on an aimless Google search for something like “prison + art.” At the time, I, like all of us, was home, feeling mostly restless and isolated, untethered from the everyday rhythms of normal non-pandemic life. For the past few months, I …

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Reflections on Art for a New Future: JAC National Convening 2021

Saturday, June 26. 9:00 PM EST. A round of Zoom applause lit up the screen as we celebrated Jail Guitar Doors' Go Getta Chris and Blaccson's encore performance for their session: Songs and Beats, an original performance piece created by system-impacted youth. Despite being virtual, there was an electric feeling in the air that zipped …

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Artist Spotlight: SNAPP – Ars Longa Vita Brevis

by Jhenna El-Sawaf, JAC Volunteer For Snapp, seeing is the first step. “My creative process is based on what I see. If I see something that catches my attention, I say to myself… ‘that would look good in charcoal or pen.’” He uses any medium available to capture his subjects: black Sharpie, watercolor pencil, charcoal, …

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Community Voices Blog: Staff Art Picks

We are so excited to announce our newest series on the JAC Blog: Community Voices. Through this new blog series, we will be highlighting stories, insights, and reflections from across the JAC network of teaching artists, volunteers, interns, staff and our wonderful audience and supporters. We are so grateful to have such a passionate and …

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Inside & Out Exhibition Spotlight: Karim Shuquem, Lesley Rae Burdick, and Edee Allynnah

For a deeper look at some of the incredible pieces in JAC’s inaugural online exhibition, Inside & Out: Photorealists to Minimalists, JAC spoke with featured artists Karim Shuquem, Lesley Rae Burdick, and Edee Allynnah. Amid growing calls for transformative justice and the abolition of our country’s criminal legal system, artists can play a unique role …

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