Programming at Craft Contemporary
June 22 — Protest
When we think of protest many will envision signs, chants, and marching. But protest is simply a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something. With that in mind, how do we create space for all forms of protest to be affirmed and appreciated? Panelists will unpack their tactics of protest and discuss ways to create inclusive spaces for all who wish to use their skills to create change.
July 28 — Re-entry
Many think the largest barrier to incarcerated people are the fences of the institution, but this is not true. Release from incarceration is not a guarantee of success. The strategy of supporting someone in maintaining their freedom isn’t a paint-by-numbers process either. We will discuss barriers people face upon release, and the tools, programs, and measures that have helped individuals who are returning become successful, to assess what is necessary for re-entry work to be sustained and grow.
September 1 — Resilience
Resilience is usually the by-product of trauma. Individuals navigating insurmountable issues develop strength, resolve and tenacity. In a world where celebration of resilience is plentiful, we are often forget to acknowledge and affirm the lived experiences that are its seed. We will look at the direct and secondary impact of incarceration on individuals, children, and communities and discuss how to create a society where resilience isn’t needed for survival.
Black and Pink is a nationally networked grassroots organization working to abolish the prison industrial complex while meeting the immediate needs of LGBTQ and HIV+ prisoners. It is the largest organization of LGBTQ prisoners ever, reaching 10,000 prisoners with a monthly newspaper of prisoner-generated content. Black and Pink has facilitated the connection of thousands of prisoners with outside pen pals and continues to grow those relationships. Black and Pink also supports the inside organizing of prisoners as they articulate their own demands in the prisons where they are held. The staff of Black and Pink is made up, exclusively, of formerly incarcerated people while volunteers come from a wide variety of experiences including a history of incarceration as well as those who have never been arrested or imprisoned.
TGI Justice Project is a group of transgender, gender variant and intersex (TGI) people inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers creating a united family in the struggle for survival and freedom. We work in collaboration with others to forge a culture of resistance and resilience to strengthen us for the fight against human rights abuses, imprisonment, police violence, racism, poverty, and societal pressures. We seek to create a world that uplifts the leadership of formerly incarcerated TGI people and is rooted in self-determination, freedom of expression, and gender justice. Sustain TGIJP’s work for and by TGI people inside and outside of prisons, jails and detention centers, until all our people are free.