Artist-in-Residence at the District Attorney’s Office

Direct dialogue on criminal justice reform, through art.

Left to right: Joanna Otero-Cruz, Jane Golden, James "Yaya" Hough, Miriam Krinsky, and Larry Krasner. Photo by Eddie Einbender-Luks.

This brand-new nine-month artist residency takes art and advocacy to a new level: artist James “Yaya” Hough will be the first ever artist-in-residence in a Philadelphia government agency. His residency will culminate with works of public art that explore the human toll of incarceration and highlight the importance of creating alternatives to a punitive and incarceration-driven justice system—offering the public and members of the District Attorney’s Office (DAO) a chance to engage in direct dialogue on criminal justice reform issues.

Hough will collaborate with partner organizations to deepen the understanding between the DAO, justice-involved individuals, and communities impacted by incarceration. Most importantly, he aims to center the lived experiences of justice-involved individuals and their families, and to expand public awareness about criminal justice reform efforts. Partnering with Fair and Just Prosecution, a national network, this project is one of the Activating Art and Advocacy project funded by the Art for Justice Fund.

Learn more about the project from the Philadelphia Inquirer, NBC10, KYW Newsradio, and the Associated Press.


Fair and Just Prosecution
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office


Art for Justice Fund