The Confined Arts (TCA) is a program that cultivates and showcases the talents and creative voices of artists directly impacted by mass incarceration and intersecting social justice issues. TCA enables artists to express their voices through the visual and performing arts, poetry, and music as a means to abolish inhumane narratives and socially degrading stigmas that are used to describe the past experiences and limit the futures of individuals impacted by incarceration. Through artistry, collaborative activism, research, education and training, TCA equips artists to influence policy change, and use their artistry and knowledge to advocate for a world anchored on empathy and saturated with healing and prevention-based policies.
PAST PROJECTS [COVID-19 AND INCARCERATION]
OUR PHILOSOPHY: ART AS ADVOCACY
Art should not only be seen as a means for satisfying decorative desires, nor should the implementation of art programing be viewed as a supplemental means for entertaining crowds. The role of art in activism must be elevated to the level of its capacity to change the hearts and minds of people. Art is at the forefront of change.
The Confined Arts brings together the different perspectives of survivors with the experiences of directly impacted stakeholders, and community organizers.
We are currently located at:
CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, AND THE CENTER FOR INSTITUTIONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE
New York, NY 10027
to schedule an appointment, to learn more, and get involved.