Honoring the power of poetry and expression, "I shall create!": Arts on the Inside draws inspiration from a line in Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “Boy Breaking Glass” (1968/1992). “I shall create! If not a note, a hole. If not an overture, a desecration.” The program will feature a reading roundtable of poetry and written by individuals who have been--or who currently are--incarcerated. This program is presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100, a multi-year national celebration of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.
Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for a Family Day of celebrating collective action and art making. In response to the current exhibition, States of Incarceration, families can participate in kid-friendly activities including sewing, letter writing, dance, games, photography viewing, and tours.
Pedagogy on the Inside is a panel discussion, hosted by JAHHM, that will feature DePaul University and Inside-Out Prison Exchange. Speakers will explore the pedagogies and learning methods used in prisons between non-incarcerated and incarcerated participants, exploring potential and limitations, paradoxes and resolutions.
Join Hull-House and Jess Heaney from Critical Resistance for a screening and discussion. The Prison In Twelve Landscapes unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA. An award winning documentary film, The Prison in 12 Landscapes, provides an excellent entry point into understanding the prison industrial complex and the 2.2 million people in prison or in jail in the United States who are displaced from their communities. This program is presented in support of the exhibition, States of Incarceration, on view at Hull-House through August 10.
States of Incarceration is the first national traveling multi-media exhibition to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States. The exhibition's visits in Chicago is in collaboration with DePaul University's Department of History partnered with the New School and Humanities Action Lab. In the exhibition, 20 communities across the country explore the deep historical roots of incarceration, share personal stories related to the issue, and strategize ways of enacting policy change.
If you work or care for youth, come join us for dinner to discuss the institutions that are affecting the youth experience in Chicago as a part of Chicago Community Trust's On The Table forum. Educators, community organizers, and people working within the juvenile justice system will facilitate a conversation that will explore juvenile justice, education and newfound pressures for today’s children. Youth will also participate in the conversation. Image credit: Brandon Fields/JAHHM
Join Radical Public Health and local activist organizations to learn about how the 13th Amendment established the legal continuation of slavery in the US—primarily targeting people of color—and what you can do to fight it. We will follow the screening with small group discussions facilitated by representatives from local activist organizations, so attendees can learn how they can get involved in the fight against the prison industrial complex.