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We Belong Here: Reclaiming Space Through Art
October 24 @ 2:00 pm - November 24 @ 5:00 pmFree
Amid growing calls for a re-imagining of what justice means and looks like in the US, the role of artists — particularly those with lived experience of incarceration — is becoming increasingly essential in exposing the violence inherent to the carceral state, shifting the narratives that fuel biases and stereotypes about those most impacted, and unearthing new, more life-serving ways of addressing conflict and harm. The Justice Arts Coalition (JAC), a national organization based in Silver Spring that unifies systems-impacted artists, teaching artists, advocates, and allies, has long been committed to this visionary, transformative work. On October 24th, JAC will open We Belong Here: Reclaiming Our Space Through Art at RhizomeDC, featuring the work of incarcerated artists who are members of our local community.
Featuring over 50 works, We Belong Here explores themes of community, space, and identity. Because individuals sentenced in DC are sent to any one of the over 100 federal prisons across the country, many of our neighbors are now far away from home, severed from their communities and families. Others remain close by but are hidden behind the walls of our state prisons and county jails. With this exhibition, JAC hopes to reconnect these artists with our local community by engaging us with their unique talents, creativity, and vision.
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