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Prison Renaissance  - Winter News


The artists and activists of Prison Renaissance have been watching the news coverage of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland. Our hearts ache. Several of us grew up in Oakland, and all of us know young artists and activists living in the area who could’ve suffered the same tragedy. Were we free, any one of us might have been at the Ghost Ship that night because these artists in collective are members of our tribe, brothers and sisters in the struggle to create.
While free society mourns the Ghost Ship tragedy, we struggle to create a way to light candles we do not have. We strain to unite with our community from which we’re walled off. Our answer to both of these challenges is art. We can memorialize with art. Art can be the bridge over walls that unites us with the rest of the world in mourning.
Image Credit: Peter Merts taken at an Artistic Ensemble rehearsal at San Quentin State Prison 2016 
Image Credit: Peter Merts taken at an Artistic Ensemble rehearsal at San Quentin State Prison 2016 
Prison Renaissance is preparing a themed collection for spring and dedicating it to our brothers and sisters lost in the Ghost Ship fire. The victims lived in dangerous conditions, so they could practice art in the city they loved. The theme, inspired by their lives, is the relationships between art, environment, and community.

Please support us. If you’re creative, send us your poetry, visual art, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Show us art that explores the environments of marginalized communities. Tell a story about an artist navigating challenging conditions. Write a personal essay about how an environment has shaped your art. If you’re not creative, share this submission call with artists you know (or even randomly encounter on the street). The submission deadline for the Ghost Ship tribute is March 1, 2017.

If you’re not creative and you don’t know any artists, you can still support us. Light a candle for us who mourn from prison, take a picture, and post it on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter or Instagram. Please join us on social media to stay current on the new work we’ll be posting and news we’ll be sharing after the holidays.
 
Happy New Year,
Emile
 
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Emile DeWeaver
Editor/Founder
Prison Renaissance
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