Portraits of Justice is a daylong symposium that will engage the public in reimagining the criminal justice system through the lens of art, advocacy, and policy reform. A diverse and robust roster of directly impacted artists, practitioners, government officials, and scholars will host a series of discussions to reflect upon local reform efforts, as well as engaging with the national dialogue that highlights strategic arts-based approaches to criminal justice reform.
Portraits of Justice is produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor American Studies, Rutgers University and funded by the Art for Justice Fund, a recently launched initiative founded by Agnes Gund in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
The project is in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s MacArthur Foundation-supported Safety and Justice Challenge initiative. Partners include Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Partners: City of Philadelphia, First Judicial District, District Attorney, and Defender Association as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and School of Design.
The symposium is the culmination of month-long programming, including a public art project, a new fellowship program, and a series of public performances. The work of Reimagining Reentry Fellow Luis Suave Gonzales will be on display.
Registration is free and open to the public. Complimentary lunch will be provided.
9–9:30 a.m. Registration.
Suave Gonzales paintings on display
9:30–10 a.m. IBRAHIM THEATER
Welcome | Mayor Jim Kenney, John Jackson (Dean of of the School of Social Policy and Practice), President Judge Woods-Skipper
Film Screening | LABELS (15 min.) a film by multimedia artist Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter
10–10:45 a.m. IBRAHIM THEATER
Opening Conversation: Criminal Law and Art
Moderator | Erica Atwood (CEO of First Degree Consulting, LLC; National Director of the Black & Brown Gun Violence Prevention Consortium)
Speakers | Bill Cobb (Deputy Director, ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice), Jesse Krimes (Artist), Reginald Dwayne Betts (Poet and PhD Law Candidate, Yale University), Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Morning Breakout Session
Panel 1: Public Advocacy and the Reform Effort in Philadelphia | SOUTH AMERICAN ROOM
Moderator | Michael O’Bryan, Urban Innovation Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University
Panelists | Julie Wertheimer (Chief of Staff, Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice, City of Philadelphia), Josh Glenn (Co-Director, Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project), Michael Bouchard (Director of Pretrial Services, City of Philadelphia), Dawan Williams (Guild Coordinator, Mural Arts Philadelphia)
Panel 2: Incarcerated Arts and Public Engagement | ASIA ROOM
Moderator | Nicole Fleetwood (Associate Professor of American Studies, Rutgers University)
Panelists | Bonnie Kerness & Ojore Lutalo (American Friends Service Committee), Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter (Multimedia and Hip-Hop Artist), additional panelists TBA
12:15–1:45 p.m. Keynote / Lunch | IBRAHIM THEATER
Presentation | Jane Golden (Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia)
Keynote | David Singleton and Tyra Patterson (Ohio Justice Policy Center)
1:45–2:30 p.m. My First and Last Chance: A Conversation with Luis Suave Gonzales | IBRAHIM THEATER
Moderator | TBA
Speakers | Luis Suave Gonzales (Director of NuStop Resource Center, Muralist, Writer, Community Activist), Dr. Ron Hill, Visiting Professor, American University, additional panelists TBA
2:45–4 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Panel 1: The Role of Storytelling to Drive Policy Change | SOUTH AMERICAN ROOM
Moderator | Rachael Eisenberg (Project Manager, MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge, Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice, City of Philadelphia)
Panelists | Sue Ellen Allen (Founder, Reinventing Reentry), Mark Houldin (Policy Director, Defender Association of Philadelphia), MING Media
Panel 2: African American Art and Criminal Justice Reform | ASIA ROOM
Moderator | Li Sumpter (Founder and Creative Director, Myth Media Studios)
Panelists | Russell Craig (Artist), Ndume Olatushanie (Artist and Human Rights Activist), Shontina Vernon, Theater Artist, Filmmaker, Musician, Creative
4:15–5 p.m. IBRAHIM THEATER
Closing Keynote | Albert Woodfox (Prison Reform Activist)
5 p.m. Guided Mural Viewing | BUS TO MUNICIPAL SERVICES BUILDING PLAZA
Portraits of Justice is funded by the The Art for Justice Fund, a recently launched initiative founded by Agnes Gund in collaboration with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The project is in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s MacArthur Foundation-supported Safety and Justice Challenge initiative. Partners include Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Partners: City of Philadelphia, First Judicial District, District Attorney, and Defender Association as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and School of Design.