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In March 2004, Beyondmedia collaborated with our longtime partner, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), to produce Voices in Time: Lives in Limbo, a series of art & education events on women and girls' incarceration and its impact on families at Las Manos Gallery in Chicago. The event aimed to give voice to imprisoned women and girls through visual art, media, written and spoken word, and critical dialogue. This project featured Beyondmedia's multimedia installation that recreates a prison cell through the eyes of its female prisoners together with live performances by former prisoners, an exhibition of art by women and girls in prison and an audio installation with family members of incarcerated women. A discussion series with leading activists, scholars and former prisoners followed, focusing on:

  • Race and Gender in the Prison System
  • Children and Parents in Prison
  • Forms of Resistance to the Prison-Industrial Complex
  • Reentry - Challenges and Opportunities
  • We plan to continue touring with Voices In Time in Spring '05 - check our events page for details.

"I never thought about women in prison because I wasn't one of 'those' people. After listening to the lecture series and interacting with the exhibit I feel compelled to help end the atrocities occuring in prison.."
- Robin Roberts, high school teacher 

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A Women & Prison Project

Through Beyondmedia's Women and Prison program, incarcerated women and girls, former prisoners and their families use media arts to voice their stories, promoting public dialogue, healing and community organizing. Since 1997, Beyondmedia has collaborated extensively with women and girls in prison and after their incarceration to create interdisciplinary, multimedia educational forums on women and prison.

Beyondmedia recently launched Women and Prison: A Site for Resistance, a web site that makes visible women's experiences in the criminal justice system. Your feedback and contributions are welcome.