Illinois Humanities Invites Viewers to Imagine a Future Without Mass Incarceration

Illinois Humanities is proud to share Envisioning Justice: RE:ACTION, now online and open to the public. The exhibition and interactive toolkit illustrate the impacts of mass incarceration while providing a way for participants to share their visions of justice.

Commissioned artists and humanists were tasked to create new work that responds to — and grapples with — mass incarceration in impacted communities throughout Illinois. Each of the commissioned works is accompanied by a prompt that leads users through real-world activities designed to question their relationships to the carceral state, encourage healing, and get involved in their communities. After completing a prompt, users’ responses are shared on the website for others to read, listen to, watch, and become part of a crowdsourced response to mass incarceration.

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Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION presents a powerful composite of viewpoints and experiences from across Illinois,” said Gabrielle Lyon, Executive Director of Illinois Humanities. “This project illustrates the injurious effects of mass incarceration and the criminal legal system on local communities, and guides us to imagine other possibilities and see through other people’s eyes.”

Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION features work by Alexandra Antoine and Brandon Wyatt, Tara Betts and David Weathersby, Antonio Burton, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Jasmin Cardenas and William Estrada, Maya Dukmasova, Michael Fischer, Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes, Sonja Henderson and Janice Bond, Renaldo Hudson, Joshua Jackson, Mitchell S. Jackson, Patricia Nguyen, and Naimah Thomas.

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Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Additional support comes from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and the Polk Bros. Foundation.


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