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!):

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-109027429-315968553036-1-original.20200819-213532Copyright Basics Workshop w/ Anandashankar Mazumdar

Tuesday, August 25, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

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Do you have questions about protecting your intellectual property? Do you work with creators who want to protect their work? Then this event is for you!

In this workshop, we will introduce intellectual property and copyright law. The presenter will cover types of intellectual property, including: copyrights, trademarks, and patents. Discussion of copyright law will include: where copyright protection comes from, copyright protection eligibility, how to become a copyright owner, and the rights of copyright owners. The workshop will address copyright registration: what it is, what its benefits are, and how to do it. Lastly, the workshop will review several common myths about copyright.

Anandashankar Mazumdar is an outreach and education officer at the Copyright Office’s Office of Public Information and Education. He serves as a liaison to news reporters and with the Outreach and Education Section helps plan, develop, and present educational materials in all formats and media. He came to the office after almost 20 years covering intellectual property law as a legal editor for a specialty journal and began his career as a staff writer and copy editor for a local daily newspaper in the Midwest. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Wright State University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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.

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-108800059-315968553036-1-original.20200817-200202The Jefferson County Memorial Project Liberated Voices Blog Workshop

Thursday, September 10, 5:00 – 6:00 pm EST

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In 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative erected the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama to commemorate the victims of lynching. This memorial contains over 800 monuments, one for each county where lynching took place. Each county has the opportunity to retrieve their individual monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

In Jefferson County, members of the community formed the Jefferson County Memorial Project to determine how and where to place their county’s monument. Part of the project’s work is partnering with volunteers and prisoners at a nearby, state level-four prison. This partnership involves The Liberated Voices Blog: a collection of prisoners’ essays, poems, and artwork about the connection of slavery to Jim Crow lynchings and mass incarceration.

To date, 42 individual contributions have been posted at http://www.jeffersoncountymemorial.org/blog

In this workshop, facilitators will discuss the JCMP and the evolution of incorporating the voices of incarcerated people. This workshop will be an open discussion with brief “show and tell” presentations interspersed with audience questions and interaction.

Facilitators:

Connie Kohler, Volunteer Prison Instructor Connie Kohler is emerita professor of health behavior in the UAB School of Public Health. She has volunteered as a prison instructor since her retirement in 2014. In that role she worked with a group of incarcerated men for several years to develop, write and produce an “entertainment education” audio serial drama about prison health issues. The program’s 1st season is now a podcast, Corrections: Survival of the Fittest. Season 2 is in the process of being produced. In addition to this drama, Kohler and the students worked on The Liberated Voices Blog for the JCMP.

Abigail Schneider, Project Director Abigail Schneider is the Project Director for the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP). She graduated from Yale University, where she wrote her thesis on Illinois lynchings to push back on the idea that racial violence is only a “southern issue.” As part of her research, she helped facilitate commemoration ceremonies for these forgotten events. She moved to Birmingham through Venture for America, where she worked on financial literacy tools at the start-up, Azlo. Through JCMP, Schneider is continuing her work in lynching memory and reconciliation.

James Sokol, Core Coalition Member James Sokol was born and raised in Birmingham, graduated from Tulane University. College was followed by a financial services career with a major firm. Sokol co-created JCMP and, for 50 years, he has served in top volunteer positions with the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Civil Rights Institute, ADL, the Crisis Center, the Birmingham Jewish Federations and Foundation and several other organizations.

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.