For over 20 years, artist and policy advocate Laurie Jo Reynolds has worked to address negative representations of people in prison. Her “Legislative Art” participates and intervenes in government systems, with the goal of concrete political change. In 2007, she launched Tamms Year Ten, a grassroots legislative campaign to reform or close the prison Tamms supermax. In January 2013, Tamms was shuttered. Reyonolds was a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow creating cultural events and conceptual art works to reduce sexual abuse and recidivism. And in 2103 she received a Creative Capital grant to produce a video and performance variety show depicting the horror, boredom, and small mercies of prison life. Most recently Reynolds received The Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.
With support from the Institute for Humanities and the Prison Creative Arts Project.
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