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Friday, January 20 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Confined Arts Exhibit

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The Confined Arts (TCA) is a platform to illustrate and showcase the talents and creative voices of currently and formerly incarcerated artists. This platform provides an outlet for artists to express their voice through the visual and performing arts, poetry, and music as a means to abolish the inhumane narratives and socially degrading stigmas that are used to describe the past experiences and limit the futures of individuals impacted by incarceration. The TCA platform is also open to those artists who work in or around jails and prisons, as well as those who have been impacted by mass incarceration through a friend or family member.

Changing Perceptions: The need for a new narrative: There is a tremendous need to change the perceptions of men and women who are stigmatized and dehumanized because of their past experiences of justice involvement. Having endured the prison system himself, Isaac Scott founded The Confined Arts as a platform and outlet for men and women to use art as a medium to share their narrative, break through new perspectives, and shift perceptions of those affected by mass incarceration. Equally important is the healing power through the arts to not only change the audience perspective but to also change the artist as well. TCA will open dialogue between community member, activist, advocates and elected officials to encourage and motivate justice system reform in the areas of collateral consequences and the restoration of civil liberties such as voting rights.

Public Education: What they don’t know: By sharing unheard narratives of those impacted by incarceration through the visual and performing arts, The Confined Arts offers spaces for public education to shatter misconceptions about people involved in the justice system, including perceptions such as untrustworthiness and irredeemability.


Speakers
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Isaac Scott

Arts & Communication, Columbia University
Isaac Scott is a mixed-media fine artist and activist. He is currently the Social Relations Lab Technician and Communications Specialist at the Center for Justice at Columbia University, teaching young adults graphic design while managing the center’s public outreach. His passion as an advocate for justice reform runs deep, as he is directly affected by the justice system and its disenfranchising nature. Today Isaac is a leader in promoting... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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