Workshops

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

Justice Arts Coalition has recently launched its first online workshop series! Given 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, we are thrilled to offer these workshops as a chance for our larger network to experience their creative gifts and outreach.

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 info@thejusticeartscoalition.org

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

 

 

In The Box with Kenneth Reams

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST

REGISTER HERE

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Come, enter the Box, and join the conversation around the intersection of law, activism, and the transformative powers of the arts. Death row artist Kenneth Reams, from the confines of solitary confinement, hosts interviews, entertains, and reshapes the narrative with some of the nation’s leading criminal justice activists, lawyers, and artists.

Facilitator:

Kenneth Reams In 1993, Kenneth Reams was an unarmed accomplice to a robbery that resulted in a fatality. In the midst of the struggle, Reams’s friend shot and killed the victim. Like so many, Reams was represented in court by a public defender. He was offered a plea bargain but refused to plead guilty, and at the age of 18, he was the youngest person sentenced to death by lethal injection in Arkansas. Kenneth Reams did not kill anyone, and yet he remains in solitary confinement without human contact to this day. Despite living in solitary confinement for the past 27 years, Reams has cultivated his practice as an artist, a poet, a writer, and the founder of the nonprofit organization Who Decides, Inc. Who Decides, Inc. is a national network of activists and volunteers working to educate the general public about the practice and history of capital punishment in the United States through various mediums of art.

Guest:

Bianca Tylek is the Founder & Executive Director of Worth Rises, a national criminal justice organization working to dismantle the prison industry and end the exploitation of those it targets, namely Black and Brown people.

Bianca is one of the nation’s leading experts on the prison industry and prison divestment. She led the first successful campaign in the country to make jail phone calls free, saving directly impacted families in New York City nearly $10 million a year. She also blocked a major acquisition between prison telecom corporations at the Federal Communications Commission. And every year, under her leadership, Worth Rises publishes the nation’s largest dataset about corporations in the prison industry. In just three years, her work has cost the industry and its investors over a billion dollars, and saved communities tormented by incarceration millions.

Bianca is a 2020 TED Fellow and Art For Justice Fellow, and has previously been awarded fellowships by Equal Justice Works, Harvard University, Ford Foundation, Paul & Daisy Soros, and Education Pioneers. Before committing her career to justice, Bianca worked in financial services at Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs. Bianca holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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.

Digital Book Club Workshop with Anderson Smith

Tuesday, November 10th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST

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What happens when theory and practice meet for coffee in a digital book store? Join Dr. Anderson Smith for a discussion and Q&A on the ways that a digital book club has built a community with a group of formerly incarcerated strangers, separated by three different time zones.

Facilitator

Dr. Anderson P. Smith received his Ph.D. in English Education from Columbia University. He has taught creative writing in both medium and maximum-security prisons in New York. He is also the Chief Impact Officer for Bookclubz.com and serves on the Board of Directors for the Justice Arts Coalition. Anderson supports book clubs from multiple disciplines with the spirit of cultivating caring communities that explore identity and language. Dr. Smith has a strong commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion while supporting ways to question and change inequitable society norms. His research interests align with self-reflection and resilience that emerge through active participation in a book club community.

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 justiceartscoalitionintern@gmail.com.