Jails and Justice: Rethinking Public Safety Through the Arts

April 16, 2019

April 16, 2019

7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Free/ Reservations required

Event Description

Join an alliance of artists and activists as they present two new works exploring incarceration and racism in the United States, amplifying a critical public conversation on the road towards the historic Reform L.A. Jails 2020 ballot initiative.

Bringing together performers from Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (BLMLA) and USC’s Institute for Theatre and Social Change (ITSC), this event will premiere a new theatrical work directed by acclaimed actress and activist Gina Belafonte. The work is inspired by previous spontaneous performances that BLMLA and ITSC collaboratively presented on public transit around L.A. County.

Alongside them, an artists’ collective comprised of USC students from the Kaufman School of Dance and the School of Architecture will present an interactive performance and installation for JusticeLA’s ongoing Jail Bed Drop. Performers will invite attendees to collectively reimagine public safety and the relationship between crime and punishment.

A panel discussion with the lead artists will follow the performances.

Presented by USC Arts in Action, part of USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, in partnership with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, the California African American Museum, Dignity and Power Now, the USC School of Architecture, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance.

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