In recent years, prison reform has entered public consciousness as a critical issue. Public art has been an important avenue for raising greater awareness of the toll of mass incarceration.
This event features artists, educators, and nonprofit administrators discussing art making that engages prison populations and aesthetic practices that critique mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex.
Robyn Buseman, Director of the Restorative Justice Program
Maria Gaspar, Artist and Educator
Jared Owens, Artist
Isaac Scott, Artist and Co-Founder of Confined Arts
Sable Elyse Smith, Artist, Curator, and Educator
Moderated by Nicole R. Fleetwood
The program is a collaboration between Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, the Restorative Justice Program of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and Professor Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University and is sponsored by the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship.