IllinoisHumanities

Envisioning Justice partners with community-based organizations across the city to create arts education and community discussion programs that promote creative solutions by Chicagoans to the negative impacts of incarceration in their community.

From March to December 2018, these hubs will be home to teaching artists, community arts projects, open houses, and monthly conversations that will engage diverse perspectives in identifying those negative impacts of the criminal justice system and imagining ways for transformation.

Photo by Tonika Johnson

Back of the Yards

The #BreathingRoom Space

The #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. The Collective operates the Breathing Room space, a Black-led liberation hub for arts, organizing, and healing on Chicago's South Side.

Find Out More

Bronzeville

Bright Star Community Outreach

Bright Star Community Outreach will coordinate programming in conjunction with its existing community advocacy and partnerships - aimed at addressing youth trauma, mental health, and violence in the Bronzeville community.

Find Out More

Little Village

OPEN Center for the Arts

OPEN Center for the Arts anchors Envisioning Justice's programming in La Villita and will work with a variety of community groups and members to support arts education.

Find Out More

North Lawndale

BBF Family Services

Programming in North Lawndale takes place at BBF Family Services and is led by Jeramey Winfield, with support from Urban Gateways.

Find Out More

Rogers Park

Circles & Ciphers

Circles & Ciphers will lead programming in Rogers Park that builds upon their existing work to engage the larger Rogers Park community.

Find Out More

Cook County Department of Corrections

SkyArt/ Just Art

Through Envisioning Justice, Illinois Humanities partnered with Hub Directors Ryan Keesling (of Free Write Arts & Literacy) and Billy McGuinness (of SkyART and Just Art) to expand upon their organizations' long-standing arts programming in both the Cook County Jail and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. 

Find Out More

Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

Free Write Arts & Literacy

Through Envisioning Justice, Illinois Humanities partnered with Hub Directors Ryan Keesling (of Free Write Arts & Literacy) and Billy McGuinness (of SkyART and Just Art) to expand upon their organizations' long-standing arts programming in both the Cook County Jail and Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Find Out More