CULTURAL PROJECTS

Projects developed by PNAP members inside and outside the prison are designed to engage issues and bring forward the questions and visions of the students in our classes. Over the years, PNAP members have developed projects specific to individual courses and created themes that are discussed and developed in many classes, over several semesters. Projects materialize as videos, installations, paintings, works on paper, performances, and texts. Content for projects is often developed across a range of communities: artists in the prison, poets in Chicago, students in university classes, community partners. PNAP members have worked collaboratively to author books, create public artworks, produce touring exhibitions, and more. PNAP projects have been used in K-12 and college classrooms, projected on prison walls, and performed in parks and at Stateville prison.

Community Mural Painting

We teamed up with the DuSable Museum of African American History to paint new community murals designed by artists at Stateville, including former students of …
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The 51st (Free) State

The 51st (Free) State is a body of work that includes emblems, songs, choreography, graphic narratives, and stage sets to connect thousands of people incarcerated …
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The Long Term

A series of thematic works addressing long-term sentencing policies and the other long terms they produce.
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Contingent Citizen

This project examines the “citizen” as a socio-political framework that functions to both grant rights and exclude them.
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It’s Now

It’s Now is a public mural project designed by artists at Stateville with artist Aaron Hughes and painted by community members.
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Representations

In 2014-2015 artists at Stateville created two bodies of works that considered self-representation.
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One Day a Week

One Day a Week is a 30-minute video of interviews with artists, writers, and scholars who work with PNAP.
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Bookmarks

This project is a set of oversized bookmarks that display lists of books people wanted to read based on a 2015 course, titled “Freedom Dreams,” …
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Freedom Dreams

Freedom Dreams was a 2015 collaboration between PNAP and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC that made connections between artists in and outside of prison.
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About Time

Between 2013 and 2014, PNAP worked with 11 artists at Stateville on a year-long project around the ideas of time, play, and freedom.
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