Workshops

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

Justice Arts Coalition recently 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 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!):

Create + Connect: No Joke Theater

February 12 6:00-7:30pm EST

Join us for Week 36 of Create + Connect: JAC’s Virtual Workshop Series

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

Join us for Week 36 of Create + Connect: JAC’s Virtual Workshop Series

Come watch and discuss No Joke Theater’s interpretation of addiction and family in their online film!

Photograph by Peter Merts

Create + Connect: In The Box with Kenneth Reams 

Thursday, December 17, 7:00 pm – 8:00 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:

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.

Special Guest:

Ray Dansby, 60 years old, from El Dorado, Arkansas is a self-taught visual artist. He paints, creates collages, and works with three-dimensional media. He is currently being held in solitary confinement in a prison in Arkansas, where he has been for over 27 years after being sentenced to death by an all-white jury. He was introduced to art by a fellow death row inmate. Mr. Dansby’s work has been shown in New York City, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, and several states in the Midwest. He is currently working on a series of paintings called The Celestial Collections of Nebulus Galaxies and Other Heavenly Bodies with the hope of presenting these exhibits in a solo show soon.

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.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and in order to raise money for his ongoing fight for freedom, incarcerated artist Kenneth Reams is auctioning off this portrait of MLK Jr.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Kenneth Reams has been incarcerated on death row and in solitary confinement for twenty-seven years. At the age of 18, he was the youngest person sentenced to death by lethal injection in the state of Arkansas. Despite living in solitary confinement for the past 27 years, Reams has cultivated his practice as an artist, a poet, a writer, and is the founder of the nonprofit organization Who Decides, Inc. You can read more about Kenneth here: freekennethreams.org

DETAILS: The auction opens today, and will end next Friday 1/22 at 5pm. Instructions for how to enter are on the website.   The picture is 8.5″ x 11″, done in graphite on acid-free paper, and comes framed. It will be shipped within 5 days of notifying the winner of the auction.

GO TO THIS LINK TO ENTER.

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 info@thejusticeartscoalition.org