Artwork > 96 ACRES (Project Excerpts)

Not Just Another Day
by Yollocalli Arts Reach
Portraits of Resolution
By artists William Estrada, Anthony Rea, and Erica Brooks
The Visibility Project
By artists Bobby Biedrzycki, the Visible Voices Ensemble, and the Goodman Theatre
Stories from the Inside/Outside
By artists Susan Mullen, Claudia Rangel, Melissa Garcia, Hector Duarte, Damon Locks, Rob Shaw, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project

96 Acres (2012-Present) is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice issues, and that examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. 96 Acres uses multi-disciplinary practices to explore the social and political implications of incarceration on communities of color. Through creative processes and coalition building, 96 Acres aims to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power and responsibility by presenting insightful and informed collective responses for the transformation of a space that occupies 96 acres, but has a much larger reaching outcome. Founded and led by Maria Gaspar, advised by a local steering committee, with local and national artistic contributors. (All contributing artists are listed with their work).

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