Race, Prison, Justice Arts is an open dialogue sparking activism through the arts. We are a collective of students and cross-disciplinary artists from Boston University who spent the semester exploring race and the American incarceration system as a form of systemic injustice. We focused on the lived stories of black and brown incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals who have found expansion and personal discovery as well as a path to activism through the arts. Throughout the semester, we were presented with first hand accounts through a variety of mediums including visits, written stories, artwork, poetry, phone calls and interviews. Each person’s story served as the catalyst for the creation of artworks that amplified the untenable situation in our country today.
In this virtual gallery we hope to honor and illuminate the voices of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals we encountered throughout the semester. Each person has a featured section where you can learn more about their creativity and experience on the “Artists” page. The artistic responses to each artist created by members of the Race, Prison, Justice Collective (members of BU's Collaborative Arts Incubator course and the Race Prison Justice Arts online cohort participants) can be found in each respective gallery. This is a living gallery that will continue to grow.
Throughout each experience, we have been deeply moved by the power of these stories and hope that you will be too.
THE GALLERY CONTINUES
This is a living gallery that we will continue to revisit and expand upon through continuing the Race, Prison, Justice project.
If you would like to submit an artwork of any form for inclusion in this gallery, please complete the form linked below to do so.
The Spring 2021 gallery was curated and designed by the Spring '21 Collaborative Arts Incubator.
The Spring 2022 gallery was curated and designed by Krystal Morin.
The Spring 2023 gallery was curated and designed by Krystal Morin and Kelly Chen.
This project was founded byJudy Braha, André de Quadros, Krystal Morin, and Bradford Dumont with additional assistance from Michael Ofori and is currently led by André de Quadra's and Krystal Morin.
Boston University's Race, Prison, Justice is presented by the Prison Arts Project of the College of Fine Arts. Partners include Boston University’s Arts Initiative, the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, Initiative on Cities, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and African American Studies Program.