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New York Art for Justice Forum

November 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Rehabilitation Through The Arts and Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School, in collaboration with California Lawyers for the Arts and Center for Institutional & Social Change at Columbia Law School will host the New York Art for Justice Forum at Columbia University on November 16, 2018.

The Forum will explore the role of the arts in addressing mass incarceration and criminal justice reform in three areas: Youth, Arts in Prison and Arts in Community.

Panelists and breakout facilitators will include legislators, thought leaders, and practitioners from the arts, advocacy, and corrections. The event will culminate with an art exhibition and reception.

Speakers include:

  • Anthony Annucci, Acting Commissioner, NYS Department of Corrections (Keynote)
  • JoAnne Page, Executive Director, The Fortune Society
  • Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia School of Social Work
  • Liza Jessie Peterson, Playwright, actor, poet
  • Tommy Demenkoff, Director of Adult Programming, NYC Department of Correction
  • Caits Meissner, Prison Program Manager, PEN America

The New York Art for Justice Forum is funded by the Art for Justice Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation and Quentin Hancock Fund.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 – 9:30
Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00
Intro and Overview

10:00 – 10:20
Keynote Speaker

10:20 – 11:35
Performance and Plenary: Youth

11:35 – 11:50

11:50 – 1:05
Performance and Plenary: In Prison

1:05 – 1:45 

1:45 – 3:00
Breakout Sessions

3:00 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:30
Performance and Plenary: In Community

4:40 – 6:00

Fee to attend the event: $25

Note about Parking: Parking is limited at the event. Please take public transportation if possible.



Refund Policy:

All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.


November 16, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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(212) 319 - 2787
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