On April 12th through 14th, 2019, at the University of California, Los Angeles’s, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American studies, will be the host to the Spring festival, Connecting Art and Law for Liberation. It’s a call to action to end mass incarceration. For 3 Days, festival participants will collaborate in developing goals and strategies for using art as a tool of liberation in the struggle to end mass incarceration. The Festival begins Friday evening with live performances and with the keynote speaker being actor and activist Danny Glover.
On Saturday, attendees will be invited to participate in two of the following interactive workshops:
1. Exploring Felony Disenfranchisement through Printmaking and Stenciling, facilitated by the Prison Arts Collective
2. Visualizing Imperialism, Incarceration and Deportation, facilitated by Anoop Prasad, Mary Hu Wu and Melanie Kim
3. Freestyle for Liberation-The Ciph, facilitated by Mira Al-Sayegh and Kwame Max Taylor
4. Write to Reunite: A Mother’s Day Art & Poetry Workshop, facilitated by Kristi DiLallo and Nathan Xavier Osorio
5. Reach in with Art–Struggle with Heart #DropLWOP: End Life Without Possibility of Parole Sentencing, facilitated by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners
6. The Multiple Faces Within the Justice System, facilitated by Jasmine Esparza and Emily Jo Wharry
7. Life Stories from the Inside/Out: A Theatrical Process for Redefinition & Reentry, facilitated by Susan “Susie” Franklin Tanner and Marlene McCurtis
On Saturday evening, it will host a film screening and panel discussion featuring three short films:
“The Path to Parole – The Time of Your Lifer” by Adnan Khan, Shadeed Wallace-Stepter, Lawrence Pela. Produced by the Restore Justice Firstwatch Program. 35 min.
“Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons” Produced by Brave New Films. 23 min.
“Tiffany Johnson: Real Background Check” Produced by Was Incarcerated Productions. 20 min.
Following the panel discussion, they will debut their featured art exhibition, GALLERY: ART FROM THE INSIDE at the Fowler Museum Terrace. An exhibition of works by the currently incarcerated. They will be displaying and selling artwork created by incarcerated artists to benefit Was Incarcerated Productions (whose purpose is to tell real untold stories through art to change the narrative of incarceration and heal the heart). Many of the artists wrote about the healing nature of art, how it allows them to express themselves on the inside, give back to the community, and also how they use it to tell the truth about what is happening inside the prison system. They will be displaying art, including found object art, poems, charcoal, acrylic paintings, graphite, ballpoint pen, and colored pencil from over 35 different artists who are currently incarcerated across the United States. One of such works, is Cell Time, (See headline), by imprisoned Los Angeles artist, Donald “C-Note” Hooker. Cell Time is the artist’s first completed acrylic painting on canvas. It was done under the tutelage of artist Jim Dahl of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.
The final day of the festival will feature a resource fair and roundtable discussions. The panelists will discuss next steps in working towards and imagining a future without cages. The festival will conclude with a closing keynote by Donna Hylton.
Friday, April 12, 2019
Live Performance Night
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Dinner and Art Gallery
Sunday, April 14, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Roundtable Discussions: Next Steps
405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, California 90095
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