Visions of a Post Rikers NYC: Panel, Film Screening, and Idea Expo with Fellowship Artist Melanie Crean

MAY 9, 5:30 PM
Red Hook Community Justice Center, 88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY


Visions of a Post Rikers NYC: Panel, Film Screening, and Idea Expo
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30-8pm
Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY

Please join the Red Hook Community Justice Center and A.I.R. Fellowship Artist Melanie Crean this Thursday May 9 for a panel discussion concerning visions of a post-Rikers NYC, details below. Panelists will include Jordan Stockdale, Deputy Executive Director, Close Rikers at the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice; Kandra Clark, Associate Vice President of Strategy, Exodus Transitional Community; Red Hook's Presiding Judge, Hon. Alex Calabrese; and will be moderated by the Justice Center’s Program Director Amanda Berman. Reception to follow, including an "IDEA EXPO" where community members will share their ideas for a post-Rikers NYC, developed during workshops facilitated by Melanie Crean, in conjunction with Ras Mashramani and Ayodamola Okunseinde. 

Melanie Crean is an artist and educator whose work focuses on redistributing power and reimagining how it might be represented in media, culture, and technology. In her research-based practice, she makes use of a variety of forms including performance, speculative design, and participatory filmmaking. Crean is an Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design where she teaches courses on emerging media, social engagement, and visual culture. She has received awards and commissions from A Blade of Grass, Art in General, Creative Capital, Franklin Furnace, The Jerome Foundation, and Rhizome; and has participated in exhibitions with Creative Time, Performa 11, Southern Exposure, and No Longer Empty.