state:
Louisiana
Local history:
Windows on Angola Prison
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
University of New Orleans
National Traveling Venue:
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130-3907
April 6, 2017May 1, 2017

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Louisiana: Windows on Angola Prison
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
University of New Orleans

Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with one in every 86 residents behind bars in 2012. The state also has one of the worst rates of racial disparity in sentencing and incarceration. A 2014 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that black Louisianans are 23 times more likely than whites to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for non-violent crime, and currently make up 91.4% of those prisoners. The Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola, 140 miles northeast of New Orleans, is the largest maximum security prison in the United States. Located on an 18,000 acre former slave plantation, prisoners are still forced to labor in cotton and sugar cane fields. These video essays use historic images and documents to examine a range of issues related to work: from forced labor, surveillance and punishment to strategies prisoners have used to transgress restraints through writing, music, and working for reform.

Our Point of View

Created by a class of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of New Orleans, these video essays explore different forms of prison labor through historic images and primary source documents. As a group we examined the question of how the prison has worked in order to grapple with the current mass incarceration crisis and the future of criminal justice reform.

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Louisiana: Windows on Angola Prison    University of New Orleans
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
Louisiana: Windows on Angola Prison
Sentenced to slavery, stuck in Jim Crow?
  University of New Orleans

National Exhibition Venue    Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Public Dialogues and Events
| April 6 – May 1, 2017

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Sep 8, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Windows from Prison / Art + Activism

Description: 

Artist-Activist Mark Strandquist presents his Windows from Prison and Performing Statistics projects and conducts a workshop on art and social justice.read more…

Time: 
2 PM to 4 PM
Venue: 

Early K. Long Library
University of New Orleans Library
2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70122

Sep 29, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Women at the Walls

Description: 

Historian Marianne Fisher-Giorlando gives public lecture on the Nineteenth Century history of female incarceration at the Louisiana State Penientiary. Earl K. Long Library features an exhibitof her archival findings.read more…

Time: 
4PM to 6PM
Venue: 

Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122

Exhibition
Oct 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Picturing a World Without Prisons

Description: 

Artwork created by students at KIP McDonogh 15, Bard Early college, Episcopal School in workshops facilitated by University of New Orleans graduate students exhibited alongside Richard Ross' photo exhibit Juvenile (In)Justice. The Exhibit is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights and Curated by Gia Hamilton, of the Joan Mitchell Center.read more…

Time: 
5PM to 8PM
Venue: 

Creative Alliance of New Orleans Arts Gallery, Myrtle Banks Building
1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Performance
Oct 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Youth Performance and Panel Discussion with Local Artists

Description: 

Students from the New Orleans Creative Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) perform monologues of prisoner's writing from the Stories from Prison / Honoring Ancestors project and explore the theme of what it means to be made to feel like a problem. Artists Imani Jacqueline Brown, Brandan "BMike" Odums, Jackie Summell, and Voice Monet respond to the students artwork and discuss art and social change as it relates to criminal justice.read more…

Time: 
5PM to 8PM
Venue: 

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Exhibition
Nov 14, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Windows on Angola Prison Public Forum

Description: 

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of New Orleans display posters on the History of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, and invite public feedback and input on the multimedia content being created for Louisiana's piece of the Staets of Incarceration exhibit.read more…

Time: 
4PM to 8PM
Venue: 

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA

Dec 3, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

My Journey Public Lecture and Discussion

Description: 

Leading criminal justice reform advocate and founder of Voice of the Experienced incarcerated. The theme of his talk and disucssion is "things turn out best...for those who make the best of the way things turn out."read more…

Time: 
4PM to 6PM
Venue: 

University of New Orleans Liberal Arts Building
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70122

Sep 15, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Day with an Artist: Prison Activist-Artists Mark Strandquist & Rachel Speck

Description: 

This will be part of a series of programs bringing artist/activists engaged in prison activism together with middle and high school students from New Orleans. The work produced by students will be featured in the spring 2016 exhibition "Louisiana Beyond Bars: Young People Envision a Future with Fewer Prisons & Prisoners" at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (See below) which will run concurrently with "States of Incarceration."read more…

Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130

Jan 3, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Artist Workshop with Brandan "BMike" Odums

Description: 

Artist Brandan Odums conducts a workshop for incarcerated youth on the power of public art. Young people create artwork for the upcoming Youth Summit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.read more…

Time: 
9AM to 12PM
Venue: 

Travis Hill School, Youth Study Center
1100 Milton Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

Jan 4, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Artist Workshop with Sheila Phipps

Description: 

Artist Sheila Phipps leads a portrait painting workshop with incarcerated youth and discusses her work as an artist. Young people create artwork for the upcoming Youth Summit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.read more…

Time: 
12PM to 3PM
Venue: 

Travis Hill School, Youth Study Center
1100 Milton Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

Jan 5, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Artist Workshop with Voice Monet

Description: 

Artist Voice Monet gives a song-writing and music production workshop for incarcerated youth and discusses female empowerment in hip hop. Young people create artwork for the upcoming Youth Summit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.read more…

Time: 
12pm to 3PM
Venue: 

Travis Hill School, Youth Study Center
1100 Milton Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

Feb 3, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Artist Workshop with Rachel Speck

Description: 

Artist Rachel Speck, of the New Orleans Community Printshop, brings print making to youth in juvenile detention center. Young people create artwork for the upcoming Youth Summit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.read more…

Time: 
12PM to 3PM
Venue: 

Travis Hill School, Youth Study Center
1100 Milton Street
New Orleans, LA 70122

Apr 6, 2017
States of Incarceration Exhibition

States of Incarceration Exhibition Credit: Chris Choi

States of Incarceration Exhibition

States of Incarceration Exhibition Credit: Chris Choi

Thursday, April 6, 2017

LA: Opening of States of Incarceration & Louisiana Beyond Bars/Response Wall

Description: 

This will mark the concurrent opening of States of Incarceration as well as an exhibition of young people's artwork envisioning a world with fewer prisons, Louisiana Beyond Bars. The opening will coincide with the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in New Orleans and the Ogden Museum's Thursdays After Hours. read more…

Time: 
6 PM to 8 PM
Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130

Exhibition
Apr 7, 2017
Interactive

States of Incarceration Exhibition, Place Yourself Interactive Credit: Chris Choi

Interactive

States of Incarceration Exhibition, Place Yourself Interactive Credit: Chris Choi

Friday, April 7, 2017

LA: Launch of Carceral Tour of New Orleans on Neworleanshistorical.org

Description: 

Students from the University of New Orleans will launch a digital walking tour of historic sites of incarceration in New Orleans. The tour will also be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during "States of Incarceration" and "Louisiana Beyond Bars." The tour will engage visitor's awareness of the long history of spaces of incarceration within their community and visitors will be invited to respond to the tour and its sites digitally.read more…

Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street,
New Orleans, LA 70130

Conference
Apr 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

LA: Youth Summit on Criminal Justice Reform

Description: 

Youth from local social justice organizations come together to respond to the States of Incarceration and Picturing a World Without Prisons exhibits, discuss criminal justice reform, and create art alongside artists Brandan "BMike" Odums, Kevin Griffin, Chandra McCormick, Keith Clahoun, and members of Black Men Rising. Presentation of their work opens to the public in the afternoon.
9-4pm (youth workshops); 4-5pm (public presentation)
read more…

Time: 
9 PM to 5 PM
Venue: 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Apr 22, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

LA: Mass Story Lab: New Orleans

Description: 

A staggering 2. 7 million children have a parent in prison. The deep consequences of incarceration on our communities begin with the family, often having long-lasting effects on our children. The costs of a parent’s incarceration are emotional as much as they are economic, and can no longer be ignored. It’s time that we listen to their stories. Join us for this special storytelling event in New Orleans to amplify the voices of families rising above the consequences of incarceration each day. Through storytelling, dialogue, and community design we will envision a future beyond prisons. This event is in collaboration...read more…

Time: 
1PM to 4PM
Venue: 

Café Reconcile
1631 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

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