People’s Paper Co-op Pop-Up Exhibit + Conversation with Members of the People's Paper Co-op and Reentry Think Tank

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 206 Create Space Lounge
Event Type
Reception/Community Gathering
Weissinger, James R
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

People’s Paper Co-op Pop-Up Exhibit + Conversation with Members of the People's Paper Co-op and Reentry Think Tank
Tuesday, March 26
VCAM 206 Create Space

Join members of People’s Paper Co-op and Reentry Think Tank for the opening reception of their pop-up exhibition and conversation about the creative solutions these organizations deploy in transforming the stereotypes, social services, and platforms that impact our lives and communities.

Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles have spent years using art as a vehicle to connect diverse communities and to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements, in particular criminal justice and incarceration reform. Their media campaigns and immersive exhibitions have reached tens of thousands of people, and have helped advocates close prisons, pass laws, and train an entire police force (Richmond, VA).

They have received multiple awards, fellowships, national residencies, and have reached wide audiences through the New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, the Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, and VICE. Their work has been exhibited at Project Row Houses, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and galleries across the country. Beyond traditional art spaces, their work has been seen and engaged with by tens of thousands of people through exhibits in legal clinics, parades, church basements, conferences, state legislatures, and city streets.

Mark Strandquist is the founder and creative director of the Performing Statistics project in Richmond, VA and they both co-direct the People’s Paper Co-op at the Village of Arts and Humanities, and founded and co-direct The Reentry Think Tank through fellowships from A Blade of Grass and Open Society foundations.

The VCAM Philadelphia Artist-in-Residence Program hosts Philadelphia and area artists for creative exchanges with the Haverford community. Based in the College’s VCAM Artist Residency Studio, these artists will engage with the campus through curricular collaborations, workshops, exhibitions, trips to Philadelphia cultural sites, and other projects.

Contact: Matthew Seamus Callinan, Associate Director, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, VCAM, and Campus Exhibitions -

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