Envisioning Justice: New Visions Beyond Incarceration by Chicago Artists & Communities
Organized and Facilitated by Illinois Humanities
The Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
August 6 – October 12, 2019

Included in Envisioning Justice
– Art, curricula, and ephemera produced by youth and adults at over a year of events, classes, and conversations in five Chicago neighborhoods impacted by incarceration and within the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Cook County Jail.

– Work by seven Chicago-based artists and collectives that resonates with the issues, concerns, and perspectives of the communities at the center of Envisioning Justice.

– Existing work by artists in Chicago who focus on the criminal justice system and its effects upon communities.

“We Are Witnesses: Chicago,” a series of short documentary films produced by Kartemquin Films with The Marshall Project that feature individuals impacted by the criminal justice system from a variety of angles.

– A community “headquarters” that includes curricula by activist teaching artists and a resource library where free copies of the Envisioning Justice Resource Guide are available.

– An opportunity to envision a more just society and become an agent of change at ongoing free public performances, workshops, and conversations, including an “Activation Day” on September 7, 2019.

Commissioned Artists: Adela Goldbard, Dorothy Burge, Jim Duignan, Kirsten Leenaars, Nicole Marroquin, Project Fielding, Sonja Henderson

Expanded Perspectives Artists: Alternatives to Calling the Police during Mental Health Crises, Angela Davis Fegan, Anna Martine Whitehead, Brandon V. Wyatt, Bria Royal, B’Rael Ali, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, ConTextos, Danbee Kim, Illinois Death in Custody Project, Illinois Humanities Sojourner Scholars, Ireashia Bennett, Maria Gaspar, Monica Trinidad, Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project: Aaron Hughes, Damon Locks, and Sarah Ross, Rachel Wallis, Sarah Ji, The Nap Ministry, Tonika Johnson

Community Partners: The #BreathingRoom Space (Back of the Yards), Bright Star Community Outreach (Bronzeville), OPEN Center for the Arts (Little Village), BBF Family Services (North Lawndale), Circles & Ciphers (Rogers Park), Just Art, Free Write Arts & Literacy

Download a PDF of the Gallery Guide

Images by Tony Favarula