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ERIC Number: EJ896036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1361-3324
Our Lyrics Will Not Be on Lockdown: An Arts Collective's Response to an Incarceration Nation
Green, Keisha
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v13 n3 p295-312 Sep 2010
Recognizing the unprecedented proliferation of prisons in the United States, Blackout Arts Collective (BAC), a grassroots organization working to empower communities of color through the arts, education, and activism, launched a national tour--"Lyrics on Lockdown (LOL): Slamming the Prison Industrial Complex." As a BAC member, I participated in the production and implementation of LOL and other BAC programs aimed at mobilizing communities to halt the mass incarceration of people of color. This article reflects BAC's effort to fuse art, education, and activism as a means to build public awareness and catalyze action toward ending the prison crisis in the United States. Highlights from BAC's journey to over 25 cities across the United States in five years are described in this piece, including reflections on the performances and interactive workshops in prisons, halfway houses, youth detention centers, and drug-treatment facilities with detainees and youth. This article examines an innovative arts-and-activist inspired program designed to address the root causes of crime, reduce recidivism, and support the educational growth and development of incarcerated youth and adults. (Contains 1 table and 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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