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Saturday, June 17 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Mitigating Evidence

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How can arts educators interrupt the stereotypes and fears of incarcerated and court-involved youth? Our session will explore the Mitigating Evidence pedagogy designed by Free Write Arts & Literacy, a Chicago-based organization with 17 years of experience engaging incarcerated and court-involved youth in Hip Hop arts programming. Participants will share strategies to help arts educators directly connect their work to reducing recidivism and dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex.


Roger Bonair-Agard

Program Director
Roger is a native of Trinidad & Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow, co-founder of NYC’s louderARTS Project and author of 3 collections of poems; tarnish & masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006), GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press 2010) & Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books, 2013) which won the... Read More →
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Mathilda De Dios

Associate Director, Free Write Arts & Literacy
Mathilda is a youth advocate, community worker, sister, daughter and mother. She co-created the Know Your Rights Curriculum with the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Urban Studies from... Read More →

Ryan Keesling

Free Write Arts & Literacy
Ryan is an artist and educator with Masters in Education from Northwestern University, and is the founder of Free Write. Since 2000, Ryan has been designing creative space with incarcerated and court involved youth in the Chicago. In addition to being a leader in the field of literacy... Read More →

Elgin Smith

Free Write Arts & Literacy
Elgin is a visual artist, musician, and educator from St. Louis, Missouri, He discovered a passion for art in elementary school while drawing his favorite cartoon characters on his homework. In 2009, Elgin received a BFA in Graphic Illustration and Sculpture from the School of the... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 113
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