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Public Program
Prison Education in a Time of Mass Incarceration

In conjunction with the exhibition
Life After Death and Elsewhere
a collection of memorials made by death row inmates
organized by Robin Paris and Tom Williams


Saturday, October 17: 1 pm

A panel discussion covering different approaches to prison education, the role of prison education, and the corresponding role of educating the public about prisons.

With speakers:
Baz Dreisinger
Craig Cullinane
Barbara Yontz

download video (634MB .mp4)


Craig Cullinane is a social justice and diversity educator living in New York City. He is also the Program Manager for Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), which brings theater, dance, music, creative writing, and other arts to people in prison at five corrections facilities north of New York City. Craig worked at both Suffolk University and Amherst College where he regularly delivered original and effective social justice and diversity trainings.

Dr. Baz Dreisinger is a professor, journalist, justice worker, film and radio producer, cultural critic, and prison-rights activist. Based in the English department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, she is the founder and Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men throughout New York State, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

Barbara Yontz is a Professor of Visual Art at St. Thomas Aquinas College, New York. Splitting time between Manhattan and Nashville, TN, her interest in intersections of Art and Social Justice led to a project with a group of men living on Death Row at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville, TN. The project originally included a series of collaborative art & surrogate pieces exhibited at Coop Gallery in Nashville in October, 2013. A follow-up exhibition, Unit 2 Voices: Artwork from Death Row, was recently held at St. Thomas Aquinas College in September of 2015.

Please join us for this apexart event.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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