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Using Art to Disrupt the Criminal Justice System
April 5, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Mark Strandquist, is an artist, activist, and educator who has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to build empathy and support for social justice movements.
At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by a given issue are the experts society needs to listen. He works across disciplines connecting those directly impacted with a multitude of community experts to impact change on personal and policy levels. His projects include from working with incarcerated youth to train police officers, to connecting incarcerated men and women with thousands through interactive public art installation, to creating teams of lawyers, artists, and formerly incarcerated individuals to help facilitate free legal clinics that have cleared the records of thousands of individuals.
Beyond impacting direct participants through a highly collaborative process, his projects have received multiple awards, fellowships, and reached wide audiences through the NY Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, PBS Newshour, VICE Magazine and a multitude of other media outlets.