As part of the Pivot Arts Festival, Envisioning Justice grantee partners Prison + Neighborhood Art Project (PNAP) will present a live stream of The Long Term, a short a hand-drawn, animated film developed by artists serving long-term sentences, followed by a discussion with panelists Sarah Ross & Damon Locks of PNAP, Eric Blackmon of the MacArthur Justice Center, and Sarah Grady of Loevy + Loevy. The discussion will be moderated by Jane Beachy, Artistic Director of Illinois Humanities.

The Long Term uses personal narrative and research to describe the scale and impact of long-term sentencing policies including stories about the fear of dying inside, the feeling of being programmed by prison, and the impact on family life; from the perspective of 11 artists serving life or long-term sentences.

Created by artists from Stateville Prison and artists-in-residence from the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project:

Chester Brost, Devon Daniels, Joseph Dole, Francisco “Paco” Estrada, Darrell W. Fair, R Dot Nandez, Damon Locks, C. McLaurin, Flynard “Fly 1” Miller, Andrés Reyes, Sarah Ross., B. R. Shaw, Bring and Johnny Taylor.

Art Directors: Damon Locks + Sarah Ross
Animator Director: Rob Shaw
Editors: Rob Shaw + Sarah Ross
Sound: Damon Locks + Nick Mazzeralla
Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra

Prison + Neighborhood Art Project is a collective of artists, writers, and scholars who connect with people at Stateville Prison through classes, guest lecturers, and other events. Each year, scholarly and creative work is developed in the prison and exhibited in neighborhood galleries. PNAP understands access to education and art to be fundamental human rights capable of transforming people, systems, and futures.

You can join this event at or on the Pivot Arts Facebook page for a viewing of the film The Long Term (15 minutes in length) and the post-screening discussion.