The 96 Acres Education Initiative is made up of youth, teachers, and cultural workers committed to cultivating praxis (reflection and action) through critical learning and educational programming around incarceration issues impacted by the Cook County Jail. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact us. You can also follow our Tumblr site here.


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Our next intergenerational workshop series will take place at the Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago during Fall 2015. For more information, click here:


Body Scanning: Mapping Spaces of Healing, Memory, and Collective Reflection/Freedom
 Sunday, September 13th 12:30-3:00 PM
This Workshop explores the body as a vessel of memory, power, and action. Participants are invited to reflect on their personal stories to develop writing and art, centering the body as a place of healing and everyday practice of freedom. Situated within a growing intersectional racial justice movement that challenges police violence, increased detention, deportation and mass incarceration, this workshop provides opportunities for dialogue and collective healing. Body scanning, whether through racial profiling, metal detectors at schools, or ‘sizing someone up,’ are modes of surveillance that disproportionately impact communities of color. Body Scanning is an activity that flips the script on intrusive racialized, gendered, and classed systems of surveillance, opening up a place for self-reflection and community building. Participants will have an opportunity to connect our personal stories of struggle and healing to a movement that insists that Black Lives Matter and that prisons and the deportation of undocumented immigrants must be abolished.
Facilitators: Patricia Nguyen and Mathilda de Dios


Infrastructures of Control: Space, Design, and Mechanisms of Power
Date: Sunday October 18th 12:30-3:00 PM
What can the inner workings and structures of spaces reveal about the mechanics of oppressive systems? The fields of architecture and urban design literally shape the way we move around a space, but they also have the ability to suggest inclusion or exclusion from a people or place. The language of power visible in the design of prisons permeates many objects in our public lives, such as bus shelters and classrooms, creating a carceral logic in common city spaces. How can we resist and reimagine an encroaching logic of the wall? This workshop will survey the built environment to unpack how the logic of the prison ‘lockdown’ permeates everyday spaces.
Facilitators: Andrew Santa-Lucia and Sarah Ross


Surveying the Surveyor: Optics of Control
Date: Sunday November 8th 12:30-3:00 PM
Surveying the Surveyor seeks to better understand the spatial designs and tensions of surveillance, focusing on disproportionately affected communities.  At this workshop, participants will engage artistic forms of resistance that address policing vs privacy and social control vs safety in order to collectively consider what safety looks like.
Facilitators: Sarah Macaraeg and Jazmin Dua


Making Visible: Interrogating Criminalization, Policing and Creating Interventions 
Date: Sunday November 22nd 12:30-3:00 PM
How can we use artistic practice to unlock our imaginations and envision communities without jails and prisons? This workshop will use interactive writing and performance exercises to interrogate current systems and ideas that attempt to limit our individual and collective imaginations around issues of structural change. Then, using the writing, performing, and visioning techniques practiced by the Visible Voices Ensemble, (a peer empowerment group of women returning from incarceration) participants will work together through movement, poem, and dialogue to build transformative possibilities for ourselves and our communities.
Facilitators: Visible Voices Ensemble and Bobby Biedrzycki

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96 Acres welcomes interested individuals (youth, teachers, cultural workers, community leaders, etc.) to engage in a series of free education workshops entitled, “P IS FOR POWER”, facilitated by various Chicago-based artist educators. See below for more details and REGISTER today!