Amy Elkins, The Golden State, 2017. Photo by artist. Exhibition at Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Orange Coast College. Costa Mesa, CA

Stanford Arts Institute is organizing a series on art and justice with a focus this year on art, race, and mass incarceration.

Following the fifth-year anniversary of Eric Garner's death, and the Black Lives Matter movement, Arts + Justice: Art, Race, and Mass Incarceration will discuss how art practices cultivate experiential and affective modes of witnessing. This series will bring artists, scholars, students, faculty, and community members in conversation about how art and culture generate productive counter-narratives in relation to representations of race, class, and capitalism within the American criminal justice system.
Arts +Justice builds on existing justice reform efforts and allows the public to consider the role of the arts in generating criminal justice reform, and lasting social change, on a local and national level. As an interdisciplinary arts organization dedicated to academic arts programming, Stanford Arts Institute envisions this year's series as one installment of many talks between scholars and artists.

Past Events

Other Campus Initiatives

Many organizations and groups on campus work with incarcerated communities.

  • Stanford's Prison Renaissance chapter collaborates with artists in San Quentin State Prison to create a zine called Incarceratedly Yours.
  • Jamie Meltzer, Associate Professor of Art & Art History and Program Director of the M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film, received both Sundance Institute and MarArthur grants for his 2017 film True Conviction.
  • Janice Ross, Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies, teaches Prisons and Performance and Dance in Prison: The Arts, Juvenile Justice, and Rehabilitation in America.
  • The Camera as Witness Program utilizes the medium of documentary film to educate the Stanford community about human rights, energy policy, immigration, and many other topics and disciplines. Many documentaries featured in the program have focused on incarceration, including Kingsley, which was presented in 2018.