EXPLORING THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE

Rethinking and Deconstructing Violence with Youth


Leave a comment

Project NIA at Mess Hall – May 2011

We are honored to be an organization-in-residence for the month of May at Mess Hall. We look forward to partnering with this local Rogers Park cultural center to present a series of events including art exhibitions, community discussions, and workshops. We are also excited to partner with the talented artists who are participating in the residency. The theme that we are exploring is how art can play a role in critical thinking about the meaning(s) of violence, incarceration and “justice.”

May 1, 2011

Join us for the opening reception of Krista Wortendyke’s photo exhibition Killing Season: Chicago 2010.

Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue

Killing Season will be exhibited from May 1st to May 7th at Mess Hall. Interested individuals can stop by during that week from 2 to 6 p.m. daily to view the exhibition.

May 5, 2011
Photography Workshop for Middle School Students at Hayt School

May 10th

Art from Representing the Pipeline - July 2010


Prepping for Prison: A Discussion about the School to Prison Pipeline.

Join us for this conversation about the School-to-Prison Pipeline facilitated by educator and Project NIA volunteer, Emily Mannake. The discussion will focus on the social and institutional mechanisms driving up levels of incarcerated youth and adults. Read the following post by Criminal Injustice Kos about the School-to-Prison Pipeline prior to the discussion. You can also visit Suspension Stories for more information about the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue

Representing the Pipeline, an exhibition of youth art depicting the school to prison pipeline, will be open to the public from May 10th to May 13th. Interested individuals can stop by to view the artwork from 2 to 6 p.m. daily.

May 15
Join us for an opening reception for Haley Miglietta’s Ceilings of Oppressions as well as Terrence T-z Eye Haymer’s work.

Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue

The “Ceilings of Oppressions/Acts of Resistance” exhibitions will run from May 15th through May 21st. They are open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. daily.

Cook County Jail by Halley Miglietta (Ceilings of Oppressions)

May 19th
Using Zines to Discuss Juvenile Justice and Prisons

from the PIC Is Zine by Billy Dee and the PIC Collective

Join us as we share some newly-released zines that were developed as part of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Project. We will discuss how the zines can be used as part of consciousness-raising and organizing around issues of juvenile justice and prisons.

Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue

Click here for a flier of all of the events scheduled for May at Mess Hall.


Leave a comment

Ceilings of Oppressions: A Photo Project about the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Artist, photographer, and activist Halley Miglietta has created a wonderful project titled “Ceilings of Oppressions.” She uses panoramic photographs with accompanying words to convey the cradle to prison pipeline that so many young people in our country experience. This is powerful work. We think that this is the type of project that educators can undertake with their own students. For more information about this work including the artist’s statement, click here.

Ceilings of Oppression by Halley Miglietta


Leave a comment

New Resource: Cradle 2 Prison Blog

Since early 2010, Project NIA and the Jane Addams Hull House Museum have partnered to sponsor a comic arts project for youth to address the history and current manifestations of the juvenile justice system.  This is part of the Museum’s new interactive exhibit called Unfinished Business: Juvenile Justice.  Project NIA and the Hull House Museum first co-sponsored a comic arts workshop at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC) in August 2010.  Teaching artist Elgin Smith worked with young men and women who are incarcerated at JTDC for several weeks to create art work that will be turned into a graphic novel to be released in the Spring of 2011.  Below are a couple of the pieces that were created by youth during the workshops:

Created as part of comic workshop at JTDC (August 2010)

Created as part of comic workshop at JTDC (August 2010)

For the second part of this project, Project NIA and the Hull House Museum were joined by the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) to offer a comic arts workshop for youth on the outside.  Nine youth worked with teaching artist Rachel Williams to create art which will also be incorporated into the final zine.

NIA volunteer and incoming CFS board co-chair, Eva Nagao was instrumental in coordinating the second workshop series which was held at the Chicago Freedom School over the course of 5 Saturdays in October and November.

Eva has created a new blog called Cradle 2 Prison: Examining the Juvenile Justice System through Art.  The site will provide ongoing information about the workshops as well as other resources such as infographics and art that depict the juvenile and adult criminal legal systems.  Special thanks to Eva for putting this together!