Research shows evidence that incarceration has negative psychological effects on people in prison. These include: A dependence on institutional structure and contingencies. Hypervigilance, interpersonal distrust, and suspicion. Emotional over-control, alienation, and psychological distancing. Social withdrawal and isolation. Incorporation of exploitative norms of prison culture. Diminished sense of self-worth and personal value. And post-traumatic stress reactions to the pains of imprisonment (Haney, 2001). The deprived social environment of prison can potentially impede one’s social capacity to navigate various social obligations post-incarceration.
The Confined Arts (TCA) and Release Aging People from Prison (RAPP) presents Open Call for Clemency, an online exhibition featuring works by artists who are currently incarcerated. The works reflect on personal responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the urgency and importance of clemency. Due to new COVID-19-related communication restrictions imposed in jails and prisons, many artists are not able to share their work or access materials to create new work at this time. This exhibition persists in spite of these limitations. The goal of this exhibition is to emphasize the humanity of those who are incarcerated, share their works as widely as possible, and ultimately reach the Governors’ offices, to advocate for clemency.
On Thursday, May 21, TCA held a Community Art-making Exercise as part of our Remote Art Series on Human Resilience and Criminal Justice on Zoom. Participants used art to express their own dialogues, and connect with each other!
NEW 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES TO TELL STORIES FROM PEOPLE AFFECTED BY COVID-19 AND INCARCERATION
The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues is collaborating with several arts and advocacy organizations - The Broadway Advocacy Coalition; The Confined Arts; RAPP; Zealous and The Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School - to feature real stories from those currently and previously incarcerated, their families, and the advocates serving them during this global pandemic.
Tuesday 5/12 at 6 PM on Instagram and Facebook @24hourplays.
Read & share the announcements in BroadwayWorld and Playbill from today.
For more info, direct people to www.24hourplays.com/viral-monologues