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The Confined Arts Exhibition

February 4, 2016

The launch of the third edition of The Confined Arts (TCA) series took place on December 4-6, 2015.  The 40-day art exhibition launched at an opening weekend consisting of art, poetry, motivational speaking, panel discussions, a promotional screening, hands-on workshops, and more.  Click here for a video round-up.

Recent coverage of the Justice-in-Education Initiative highlights some of the pioneering work taking place.

The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University and the New York Council for the Humanities announce the call for applications for the 2016-17 Public Humanities Fellowship.  Please note that only current Columbia graduate students and recent doctoral recipients (PhD awarded after January 2015) are eligible to apply.

The JUST Arts Lab is a safe and supportive space for youth to learn art and media production skills while engaging in creative exploration and self-expression. The youth explored a variety of personal and community topics through independent and collaborative projects.

The newly formed New York Consortium for Higher Education in Prison (NYCHEP) applauds the Obama Administration announcement this week of the reinstatement of Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated students, as part of a limited pilot program.

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Fellow in the Society of Fellows and Lecturer in Classics at Columbia, led the effort teaching our "Humanities Texts, Critical Skills" class to formerly incarcerated youth as part of the Justice-in-Education Initiative this summer. In July 2015, Dan-el's memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League wiill be published by Penguin Press. The book charts his path as an undocumented immigrant living in a homeless shelter in New York to winning scholarships and positions at some of the most prestigious schools in the world. These tremendous efforts have not gone unnoticed. 

The New York Times collumnist Michael Cooper highlights the upcoming "Voodoo" opera performance at Miller Theatre and the Harlem Renaissance conference, "Restaging the Harlem Renaissance: New Views on the Performing Arts in Black Manhattan". Cooper writes, '"Voodoo" might have remained an unheard and unperformed historical footnote had Mr. Freeman’s family not placed his papers and scores in Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2007. The collection interested scholars, who were drawn to his accounts of the Harlem Renaissance, and also came to fascinate Annie Holt, a graduate student who cataloged it. A year later she helped start a small opera company of her own, Morningside Opera, with the vague idea of someday mounting one of Mr. Freeman’s forgotten operas." Follow the link to read the full article.

Our Justice-in-Education Initiative, collaboratively undertaken with the Center for Justice at Columbia, has gotten some nice mentions in the press. The grant is possible with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Open this post to read about the coverage.

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