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“States of Incarceration” Exhibit and Programs, April 13-May 14, 2017

| February 27, 2017

This April, States of Incarceration, the first national traveling multi-media exhibition and coordinated public dialogue to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States will travel to Indianapolis to be displayed at the Indianapolis Public Library.

IUPUI museum studies and public history students and faculty partnered with a New School's Humanities Action Lab which led a coalition of 500 university students and formerly incarcerated individuals from 20 cities to create the traveling exhibition. IUPUI students developed local programming and content as part of the national collaboration. The IUPUI programs were designed to engage diverse audiences in the history and enduring consequences of incarceration.

The students grew up in a country that incarcerates more of its people, including immigrants, than any country in the world – and at any point in its history. Recently, they have witnessed a new bipartisan consensus that the criminal justice system is broken and yet there is intense conflict over how to fix it.

States of Incarceration explores the roots of mass incarceration through stories rooted in our own communities and its goal is to open national dialogue on what should happen next.

The exhibit will be on display at the Central Library Atrium, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis, April 13- May 14, 2017.

Public Programs
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Screening of the documentary “13th” with panel discussion
March 18, 2017, 2:00-5:00, Central Library, Auditorium

This public screening of the documentary “13th” by director Ava DuVernay, will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks with experts Dr. James Kilgore, Dr. Terri Jett, Dr. James Dix, III, and Marshawn Wolley. The audience is invited to be part of a public conversation about the impact of mass incarceration on Indianapolis communities. The film screening begins at 2 pm with the panel discussion following at 4 pm. Free. Registration:

Inside Out with Lori Pompa: A public conversation about social change through transformative education
April 13, 2017, 6:30-8:30, Central Library, Riley Room

Lori Pompa, founder of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, an educational program that facilitates dialogue across difference, will lead a conversation with Inside Out instructors, students, and graduates, about innovative approaches to engaging a wide range of stakeholders committed to social justice. Participants will also have the opportunity to view the newly installed Sates of Incarceration exhibit.

Pages to Prisons book drive workshop
Tuesday, April 18th 1:00-2:30, Central Library, Riley Room and Knall meeting rooms.
Registration required (call 317-275-4807).

This workshop conducted by Midwest Pages for Prisoners (a nonprofit based in Bloomington) offers training for librarians about how to organize book drive to collect books for people who are incarcerated. Participating librarians will gain two LEU's from the workshop

Pages to Prisons book drive
April 10-May 14, 2017, Collections boxes at the IUPUI University Library and at States of Incarceration exhibit at the Central Library

Donors are asked to bring new or like new books which will be given to prisons for their libraries and educational programs. Particular needs include Spanish language books, GED test prep books, and high school level text books for math and science, as well as mystery, adventure, westerns, and sci-fi fiction. For a more detailed list, Please visit:

States of Incarceration Exhibit Opening Reception and public conversation with Anne Parsons and others
Thursday, April 20; Central Library, 6:00 reception in the atrium and 7:00 program in the auditorium

Official opening of the exhibit with a reception with opportunities to view the exhibit and participate in hands-on art response activities. Anne Parsons, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will offer some remarks on the intersections of the rise of mass incarceration with the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals. A panel moderated by Dr. Modupe Labode including Kenneth J. Falk, (Legal Director, ACLU of Indiana) and Maurice Young (founder, Creative Change Project) will offer perspectives on the implications of these issues for Indianapolis.

"Voices of Incarceration: Spoken Word, Art & Dialogue"
Friday, April 21, 7-10 pm at Fletchers Place Arts and Books, 642 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Spoken word poetry and art making combine to create a space for creative responses and thought provoking conversations about mass incarceration and its impact on our community.

Mental Health First Aid Certification
Friday, April 28th, Cavanaugh Hall, room 411, IUPUI campus, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Registration is required

This program is an 8-hour course that offers training and certification for those responding to persons affected by mental illness (similar to the traditional Red Cross First Aid training). Cost is $10. To register,

Mass Story Lab: Public Conversation About Re-entry
Saturday, April 29th, 10 am – 1:00 pm, Central Library
Pre-registration preferred

This dialogue-based program brings together people with diverse perspectives and experiences to explore re-entry issues in central Indiana. It uses the “Mass Story Lab” model developed by Piper Anderson (Create Forward) in which the stories of people directly impacted by mass incarceration become the lens through which communities imagine a world beyond prisons.Reservations recommended as space is limited:

Support has been generously provided by: The New School Humanities Action Lab, National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Netflix, Circle City (IN) Chapter of Links, Inc., Create Forward, LLC, Mental Health First Aid, Midwest Pages for Prisoners, IUPUI Museum Studies Program, Cultural Heritage Research Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI Social Justice Education, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Inside-Out Center, and The Indianapolis Public Library