A companion exhibition to Arresting Patterns displays the work of 18 high school students from the New Haven Public School district who collaborated with Titus Kaphar and theater artists Aaron Jafferis and Dexter Singleton. The students used Kaphar’s trademark materials–tar paper, chalk, and mixed media–to create their own portraits of individuals unjustly sentenced and incarcerated. As part of the program, students also visited a prison in Connecticut, met with formerly incarcerated individuals now in advocacy and leadership roles, and learned about reforms and challenges to the State’s sentencing policies. This took The Jerome Project out of the “white cube” (it had previously been exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem), and rooted it in the community, where it could reflect the experiences of young people in New Haven.
A group of SAP students reconvened in the fall to rehearse and perform their at the Arresting Patterns Conference held September 10, 2015, at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Travis Carbonella captured the whole experience.
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