Students are expected to attend a mandatory facilitation training on Saturday, October 14th. Workshop sessions in the detention facility will be on Saturday mornings Nov 4th-Dec 9th with the exception of Thanksgiving. Students must be available for three workshop sessions.
This course will focus on the uses of the arts, culture, and education tools for positive social change within correctional settings. Through hands-on collaboration with incarcerated youth, students will create artistic and dialogical spaces for critically thinking about the crisis of incarceration in this country and how this crisis impacts the lives of youth and their communities. Guest speakers may include representatives from the NYC Mayor's Office, JustleadershipUSA, Center for NuLeadership, and individual leaders directly impacted by mass incarceration. Readings include writings by scholar/activists such as Paulo Freire, Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis and Chris Emdin. Students will create arts-in-education workshops, which they will facilitate with incarcerated youth inside a NYC detention facility. Students do not need to be artists to participate in the course, however, creativity, community building, and collaboration will be an integral part of the curriculum. This course requires a significant amount of work outside of class time which includes Saturday workshops on campus and inside a detention facility.