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THE CONFINED ARTS: Solitary Confinement Edition

March 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This edition of The Confined Arts will be a symposium consisting of an art exhibition, poetry, a panel discussion, a promotional screening, and more. Opportunities and Change will be collaborating with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to highlight the humanity of the people held in solitary confinement inside of our nation’s prisons. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness about the inhumane conditions and the use of solitary confinement to educate attendees.
Date: Saturday  March 12, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
St. Francis College
180 Remsen St,
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Free Admission

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Political eyes locally and nationally are focused on the brutality of solitary confinement. In New York, the age of an inmate and amount of time a person can be exposed to solitary has been sharply reduced.

This Saturday, March 12, beginning at noon, currently (via phone) and formerly incarcerated prisoners come to St. Francis College for The Confined Arts: Solitary Confinement Edition, a showcase on how art and poetry can transcend prison walls while drawing the inhumanity of solitary confinement into sharp focus.

  • The day begins with an art exhibit by currently and formerly incarcerated men and women who have experienced solitary confinement.
  • At 1:00pm, solitary confinement survivors will perform spoken word and poetry pieces. Attendees will also hear an introduction from Opportunities and Change and the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement.
  • At 1:30, a panel discussion on solitary confinement, focusing on conditions in solitary confinement in New York State features panelists:

Discussion moderated by:

Roy Waterman
Director of Program for Drive Change

Speakers include:
Jennifer J. Parish
Director of criminal justice advocacy at the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project
Leigh-Anne Francis
Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies
Ricky Jones
Whcr.90.3 FM host of “Unlocked,” Faculty member teaching in philosophy, psychology and African History
Tiheba Bain
Visionary for educational and social reform, Associates Degree in Liberal Arts
Nate Williams
Conscious Musician, Spoken Word Artist

  • At 2:30, we will have live call-in discussions with two men currently behind bars: Kenneth Reams is currently on death row. Spoon Jackson is serving a life sentence. Both men will discuss how art and poetry help them cope with the realities of prison and solitary confinement.


Call in from Artist on The Inside
Kenneth Reams
Visual Artist, Poet, Founder of Who Decides Inc.
Spoon Jackson
Poet, Activist

After a break for food and informal conversation, poetry reading will continue at 4:15.

This event is co-organized by Isaac Scott, of the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Program Director of Confined Arts, Opportunity and Change, and St. Francis College student Johnny Perez ’17 of the Urban Justice Center and a student in the Hudson Link Post-Prison College @ St. Francis College


  • Campaign for Alternative to Isolated Confinement
  • Justice and Education Initiative, Columbia University
  • Pop Culture
  • New York UniversityPrisoners Rights and Education Project
  • Women’s Poetry Initiative @ St. Francis


March 12, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Opportunities and Change


St. Francis College
180 Remsen St
Brooklyn, 11201 United States
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