States of Incarceration National Launch & Conference


April 14-16, 2016, New York City

States of Incarceration will bring together the national community of over 500 people in 20 cities who together created a traveling exhibition on the past, present, and future of mass incarceration.

Teams of students and people directly affected by incarceration from 20 cities each explores a history of incarceration in their own community, from Angola’s slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana, to the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota, to immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey. For its staging in New York City, the exhibit includes a focus on Rikers Island, developed by New School students in collaboration with The Fortune Society. The exhibition launches at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, at The New School April 3-21, 2016, before traveling to partner sites across the country.

The national exhibition launch events will bring together people who worked on the project from around the country to share local stories and open dialogue on national criminal justice reform.

Exhibit Launch & Reception

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:00-8:30 pm

A conversation with Glenn Martin & Venida Browder

Participate in Legislative Theater led by Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) and created and performed by actors from The Fortune Society, which serves New Yorkers with experience in the criminal justice system. Jump in and spark change on stage!

66 West 12th Street

Followed by a reception at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street

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Friday, April 15 – Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

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Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street

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