Upcoming Events

Exhibition: Capitalizing on Justice

Opens October 11th, 2018 in New York City

Capitalizing on Justice features the works of incarcerated artists from across the nation who have used their talents to express the ways they and their loved ones have been commodified. Spanning a variety of genres and styles, the works in this exhibition were made using limited resources: state-issued materials, prison contraband, and yard scraps. They were shipped in makeshift envelopes and tattered boxes from as deep in our criminal legal system as Arkansas’ death row and come together to make a strong statement against the prison industrial complex.


Exhibition: Liberation/Incarceration

Through October 14, 2018 in Fullerton, CA

Accounting for over 20% of the prisoners in the world, the United States has the highest rate of incarceration per capita than any other nation. This group exhibition will explore artistic themes of personal and societal oppression and liberation, photography documenting the sometimes cathartic stories and experiences of people in prison arts programs, as well as artwork by prisoners themselves.


Exhibition: The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin Prison

October 18, 2018 – March 10, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI

Gallery Talk Tuesday, January 29 at 1:30

This exhibition debuts Nigel Poor’s San Quentin Project and presents personal narratives about life inside prison through visual documents, photographs, and an acclaimed podcast.

Begun in 2011, The San Quentin Project has evolved from Poor’s experience teaching visual literacy at the prison for the Prison University Project. Tracing the evolution of her social practice, from mapping exercises to essays and interviews, the work in this exhibition utilizes personal narrative to illuminate and counter common stereotypes the public might have about prison populations.


Zine and Video Launch: Care not Cages

Saturday, October 20th in Oakland, CA

You are invited to a zine and video launch of a poetry, art, and video project on mental health by artists inside California jails and prisons. Artists will call in from inside and discuss the power of healing art practice and perform their pieces. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.


Training: Pongo Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing

October 27, 2018 in Seattle, WA

Pongo offers a one-day training in Seattle to teach our approach and techniques. We would like to show you how to use poetry to help distressed teens understand and express their important issues and feelings. This is exciting and rewarding work! Please write to us to be placed on our email list, so you receive notice of upcoming trainings. We generally give trainings twice a year, in May and October. Our email address is pongo_publishing@hotmail.com.

The training is intended to help anyone start a full poetry project on the Pongo model in an agency, school, or institution. In addition, the training can be used to help counselors and teachers incorporate Pongo methods into their ongoing work with both individuals and groups. As a follow up to this training, we also offer free phone consultation and advice to the participants.


Symposium: The Milwaukee Model: Envisioning the Role of the Arts in Criminal Justice Reform

November 1st through 3rd, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI

This initiative seeks to bring artists and experts from around the country together with groups working in Milwaukee to discuss how arts and educational programming might shift perceptions and attitudes about the criminal justice system and incarcerated individuals. All symposium events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is recommended.


Symposium: Portraits of Justice

November 2nd, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA

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.

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.


Call for submissions: The Columbia Journal

Submissions accepted through November 15, 2018

As part of a commitment to bring underrepresented voices into the public sphere, the Columbia Journal would like to extend a special invitation to incarcerated writers to submit their writing.
Writers may submit work by mail at no fee.
We accept submissions in the following categories: Fiction (up to 5,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 5,000 words), and Poetry (up to 5 pages).
Writers can choose to submit their writing for general print publication, general online publication, and/or for consideration in our Winter Contest. Contest winners win a cash prize and will be published in the print Journal. Selected works will be published in print or online.

Submission form here.


Conference and Call for Submissions: Prison Outside #2

November 21-23 in Helsinki, Finland

Prison Outside #2 is a cross-disciplinary discussion on artistic projects in and around prison. It takes place on November 21st-23rd in Helsinki and will present speakers from Finland, Russia, Ireland, USA, Canada and Belgium. Our program will include presentations, round table discussions, film screenings, and workshops. Free Translation, an exhibition of artistic and literary works on imprisonment will be launched during the conference. We will discuss artistic practices in prison, and their effect on rehabilitation, understanding the histories of incarceration, and encouraging communication between people of different walks of life.

For information about how to submit artwork for the exhibition, please click here.


Call for Submissions: What We Know

Submissions accepted through January 4, 2019

The Center for American Progress is partnering with The New Press and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement on a book of essays written by currently and formerly incarcerated people. This policy book based on the authors’ lived experiences and expertise will be edited by Vivian Nixon and Daryl Atkinson.


Call for artists: The Confined Arts

The Confined Arts is looking for new and existing artists to collaborate with the “From the Inside Out” project. Selected artists will be given the opportunity to create representational and abstract are that illustrates new narratives about people in prison and people returning home. This includes visual arts, performing arts, poetry, song, and dance. Media artists will be given the opportunity to utilize and experiment with numerous forms of media productions.

*Currently and formerly incarcerated artists will be considered first*