Artists & Incarcerated Populations: Chinonye Chukwu and Reggie Daniels & Sunday Supper
In our age of mass incarceration, creative collaborations between artists and imprisoned people can be transformational in their ability to create platforms for individual voices and stories to be expressed and heard. Visual art, film, performance, and writing coming out of prisons and jails also has the potential to expand societal consciousness around incarcerated populations and systematic oppression. Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu and educator Reggie Daniels will show work from such programs and talk about their experiences doing this work.
An accomplished filmmaker, writer, and educator, Headlands Artist in Residence Chukwu founded Pens to Pictures, an organization that collaborates with and advocates for incarcerated women in the Ohio prison system to produce short films, helping them to conceive, develop, and produce the work. Pens to Pictures films have screened in prisons, community spaces, libraries, festivals, and beyond. Daniels is a faculty member of the University of San Francisco Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice and teaches with USF’s Performing Arts and Social Justice program. As a current EdD candidate in the USF School of Education, Daniels primarily works on issues related to prison justice reform, including violence prevention and post-incarceration transitioning. As a formerly incarcerated citizen, he struggled with the criminal justice system for over a decade, and is now looking to provide solutions to reform the broken system.
Continue the conversation: stay for Sunday Supper in our Mess Hall after the program at 6:30PM.
Photo: courtesy of Reggie Daniels