Create + Connect: Online Workshop Series

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, email MSAC Black Vertical text
This series is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (stay tuned for updates!):

Free Verse: Bringing Writing & Art Classes to Montana’s Incarcerated Youth

Thu, May 19, 2022

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

The Free Verse model has brought virtual and in-person creative writing and arts classes to youth in Montana’s juvenile detention centers since 2014 and currently provides workshops in six facilities across the state. Executive director Nicole Gomez will give an overview of the Free Verse approach, which includes an emphasis on creativity and trauma-informed principles of choice, mindfulness, and representation. The presentation will include a look at student writing and artwork that have come out of these workshops and have been in print or on exhibit throughout the state. The presentation will be followed by a round table discussion about the model and a Q&A with Free Verse teachers and partners from the juvenile detention centers. 

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Justice Dance Performance Project Emergence 2 Film Screening

Wed, May 25, 2022

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Emergence 2 is JDPP’s newest site-specific dance theater performance, filmed Oct. 9-10, 2021 on location at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford CT. Performed in gardens that Stowe called “a place of healing for the soul,” Emergence 2 is inspired by writing, dance, and song developed in residencies at York Correctional Institution for Women over the past 17 years. Emergence 2 travels through the grounds of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and lands at the Solitary Garden installation by artist jackie sumell which transforms the dimensions of a solitary confinement cell into a garden of nurturing and healing. Performed by members of the JDPP Ensemble and women and men who have returned to the community from prison, they tell a tale through dance, spoken word and song of confinement and transformation and what it means to emerge from prison.

“I want everyone I know to see, hear, watch and understand more about the individuals who experience confinement. Their stories are incredibly moving and brought to life via song, spoken word and movement in stunning ways via Emergence.” -Audience member

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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