Michigan Art for Justice Forum

The Michigan Art for Justice Forum brought together elected leaders, artists, justice reform advocates, arts organizations, returned citizens and survivors to imagine new ways to reduce mass incarceration and strengthen communities through the arts. The Michigan Art for Justice Forum is produced by the Lawyers for the Creative Economy program of Creative Many Michigan, Shakespeare Behind Bars in collaboration with California Lawyers for the Arts, and is presented by the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan.

Michigan is one of six states where an Art for Justice Forum will take place. Funding for this convening is provided through the generous support of the Art For Justice Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Quentin Hancock Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Want to learn more?

Listen to the full panels from the April 3, 2018 convening at the University of Michigan.

Panel One: Focused on restorative justice, the economics of incarceration, and the funding and evaluation of arts programming, Michigan legislative updates, and other issues.

Panel Two: Focused on expungement, job training, sentencing reform, women and youth in the criminal justice system, and other issues.

Panel Three: Focused on juvenile lifers, parole, mental health, reentry and other issues.

Stay tuned for more as the five other states complete their forums.