Justice Arts Coalition

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Justice & Legal


7112 Willow AveTakoma Park, MD 20912 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, artists who are or have been incarcerated and their allies, harnessing the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice. Through the sharing of resources, stories, and learning opportunities, JAC is building a nationwide collective of people who are committed to increasing opportunities for creative expression in carceral settings, amplifying the voices of those most impacted by mass incarceration, and shaping public dialogue around the intersection of the arts and justice.


Through JAC's work, artists and advocates inside and outside of prison come together to share our passion for art experiences that welcome a multitude of voices, inspire creative expression, embrace authentic dialogue, and reveal our shared humanity. We support currently and formerly incarcerated artists by amplifying their creative work and voices and cultivating connections between artists inside and outside of prisons, hosting exhibitions, galleries and other events, facilitating opportunities for currently and formerly incarcerated artists to share their work through other organizations and publications, hosting an arts-focused correspondence program, hosting online workshops that feature systems-impacted artists, and providing support and resources to incarcerated artists’ loved ones. In addition, we: build community through national conferences and convenings, partnerships with other organizations working at the intersection of the arts and justice, providing opportunities for online community-building and resource-sharing via social media discussion groups and listservs and cultivating a strong network of national and local-level support that system-impacted artists can turn to, especially upon re-entry; and build capacity by providing education and trainings to deepen the skills and capacity of those working at the intersection of the arts and justice.


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