Introducing JAC’s Online Workshop Series, Create + Connect!

Justice Arts Coalition launched its online workshop series as a way to inspire ongoing creativity and connection during the pandemic, and to lift up the tireless work of teaching artists and advocates across the sector, who consistently allow JAC’s community to be one of vibrancy and artistic celebration. 

Below you can browse the workshop offerings and schedule. These workshops are being offered as a “pay what you can” series, with donations split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop in our series, please email

This series is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (
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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (stay tuned for updates!):

Oh, Mother of Mine Screening

Thursday, September 2, 2021; 8-9:30pm EST

Join us for Week 43 of Create + Connect: JAC’s Virtual Workshop Series

The Prison Policy Initiative reports that women and girls are the fastest growing segment of the prison population in the U.S., disproportionately impacting women of color and growing 834% since 1978, more than double the pace of men. What, then, happens to the mother-daughter relationship when it is interrupted and controlled at the hands of the state?

Charnal Chaney, 31, was three when her mother was incarcerated. She was one of thousands of children living in the District of Columbia, an area with one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, who have experienced a parent be incarcerated. G. King, 44, was incarcerated for nine years, leaving behind four children.

“Oh, Mother of Mine” explores the systemic barriers mothers face in the carceral state, the generational impact left by their incarceration, and the healing that continues for mother and daughter even after their release.

Artist Bio:

Anna Rawls is a visual anthropologist and photographer based in Washington, D.C. Driven by her deep curiosity, social awareness and aesthetic understanding, she works alongside individuals and communities to create work that expands analysis, communication, and interpretation of the human experience. Thematically, her work explores concepts of identity, belonging, and narratives that exist at the margins.

Register here!

***This film screening is being offered as a pay what you can event, with a suggested donation of $20.00.***

Create + Connect: Re/Creation Collective

Mon, May 24, 2021; 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Join us for Week 42 of Create + Connect: JAC’s Virtual Workshop Series

For this event, we invite the members of the Justice Arts Coalition to participate in a creative workshop with members of Re/Creation to develop a deeper understanding of justice through reading and writing. This workshop will be modeled on our weekly workshops, providing an active prototype of the Re/Creation workshop experience run by Re/Creation facilitators and workshop members. We will read, write, and share ideas together, coming to some dovetailing insights about restorative justice and abolition through this collaborative discourse.

Re/Creation is a collective of writers and artists with connections to the criminal legal system. Our network of directly impacted people and allies are seeking to rewrite the narratives perpetuated by the prison industrial complex that uphold systems of oppression. We support each other to express our vision for a different world through critical, creative, and artistic works, holding weekly workshops to practice our craft and challenge each other through shared critical conversation.

This workshop is being offered as “pay what you can,” with a $20 suggested donation, and a $1 minimum donation. All revenue will be split between JAC and the teaching artist facilitators, to honor their creativity, passion, and commitment to creating these spaces. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide.


JAC looks forward to your joining us as part of this workshop series, as we continue to build our community of artists and allies through these creative offerings. If you are interested in facilitating a workshop in our series, please email