Incarceration, Education, and Labor: Are They All the Same?
What is a Prison?
by Nerissa Minor
Is prison a dark place that’s cold and recluse, scary or dark? Is prison a place where bad people go after committing a crime? Prison, Prison, Prison I’m in prison, but I did not commit a crime, I’m in prison But it’s not reclusive, scary or cold. In my I’m lavished with gifts; I’m always told I’m beautiful; “sit up right smile, look happy” but never be who you are, never speak your mind. In my prison, I live only in myself, in my prison I elude beauty but am rotting inside. In my prison I am denied an identity and a sense of self. So is prison really prison? Or can we live every day in our own in chains but free as bird?
The Knotted Line Video Preview
The Knotted Line
Hi all,I wanted to invite you to check out The Knotted Line a new online, interactive art project and educational forum that looks at the historical relationships between incarceration, education and labor. Currently in the fundraising and development stage, when completed, the project will also include curriculum guides and a physical version of the timeline available for teachers (free or low-cost).I would love to connect with other educators about using The Knotted Line in the future (schedule to be completed in early 2012)...Please help spread the word on the project and donate if you feel moved to and are able!thank you
I hope you are having a beautiful start to the summer. I finished up the school year this week and am now looking forward to longer days back in the studio.
My current project, The Knotted Line, was awarded a $10,000 matching grant by the East Bay Community Foundation that has to be met by July 16th. Please create The Knotted Line with us by making a PLEDGE HERE!
The Knotted Line is an online, interactive art project and collaborative educational forum that examines the historical relationships between incarceration, education and labor in the U.S. from 1495-2025. It developed directly out of my last project, What Cannot Be Taken Away: Families and Prisons Project.
See the project in action at www.theknottedline.us
Thank you for your commitment to the power of art and imagination in creating a more just, free and loving world.
Gratitude and Love,