6-7 pm: Private Reception for UJC’s Young Professional Network7-8:30 pm: Moderated conversation followed by reception
An artist whose work supports individuals transitioning from incarceration to freedom who often face steep barriers to finding employment or a place to live, Gregory Sale collaborated with UJC’s Safe Re-entry Advocate, Johnny Perez, social worker Susan Goodwillie, and fourteen individuals recently released from prison. Through a workshop and installation at UJC entitled “Rap Sheet to Resume”, they explored the notion of "threads" (uniforms, costumes, suits, or dresses) worn while inside prison and the threads project participants envision wearing in the future. The participants collaborating with Sale reflect on their selection of the color green that anchors their site-specific work: individuals incarcerated in New York State commonly wear green uniforms, which many of the workshop participants find ironic, because it correlates to the color of money the state yields from their labor. See the work at Urban Justice Center's office located at 40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10001. Check out the review in ArtNet!
As one of the nation’s leading legal service providers to over 19,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable residents each year, the Urban Justice Center (UJC) believes that conversation and community education play an important role alongside legal advocacy. By fostering dialogue amongst thought leaders and cultural producers, UJC invites new ways to reflect upon its work, forge new connections, foster innovation, and to move the public to take action on issues critical to its mission.