See our work in action
REHEARSAL FOR CHANGE: EXPLORING REPARATIONS
Thursday, July 7, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The REACH at the Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Join Voices Unbarred and DC Justice Lab, with support from the Kennedy Center, in our ongoing series of interactive sessions exploring current criminal justice issues and creative approaches to changing policy.
Using theatre as a tool, we will explore the realities of reparations, work collaboratively to imagine possibilities, and create policies that address the issue. This event is a mixture of powerful performances by our Community Advocates, interactive exhibits, and small group discussions. Come prepared to engage with the community and create change!
Tickets are free but limited. Register through the Kennedy Center website by clicking the button below.
Photo Credit: Ryan Maxwell
"REBRANDING BLACK" - A CULTURE CAUCUS ACTIVATION PRODUCED BY VOICES UNBARRED
Friday, August 12, 2022
The Kennedy Center (multiple spaces)
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
This one-day festival will explore the power of advertising--the impact pop culture and media has had on Black people in the past, ways we can shift the narrative, and the potential for the future with advertising by, for, and with Black people. This event will bring together artists who are already rebranding the image of Blackness in American society, as well as elevating voices who might not have had the opportunity to be heard at the Kennedy Center, especially people impacted by incarceration and Black people.
Be sure to come hear our panel discuss the impact of pop culture and media on Black people and how to shift the narrative, watch a performance written and performed by people impacted by incarceration on the Millennium Stage, shop at the arts market, featuring artists who are working on changing the narrative, artists of color, and artists impacted by incarceration, and end the night with a DJ set celebrating Black culture and the future we can create.
5:00pm-8:00pm - Arts Market | Lower Lawn
5:00pm-5:45pm - Panel | River Pavilion
6:00pm-7:00pm - Millennium Stage Performance | Grand Foyer (also live streamed)
7:00pm-8:30pm - DJ Set* | River Pavilion
*There will be discounted alcohol and snacks sold during the DJ set
Photo Credit: Farrah Skeiky
END OF ISOLATION TOUR - THE BOX
Saturday, August 20 - Sunday, August 21, 2022
7:30pm-9:30pm (both nights)
2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020
Many of us are now coming out of isolation, but prisoners are not. For many of us, our fundamental beliefs have shifted during the pandemic, but many policies and structures remain the same. We are proud Community Partners of the End of Isolation Tour which uses legislative art to impact unjust policies and structures.
In July, The End of Isolation Tour (EIT) is launching a national, 10-city tour, presented by The Pulitzer Center, to bring immersive, transformative theater to communities across the country on the frontlines of imagining a world without prisons and the torture of solitary confinement. They are coming to DC in August!
EIT centers around The BOX: a play about solitary confinement written by a survivor in collaboration with other survivors. Nearly half the cast are survivors of incarceration and torture. This tour is how we get these stories into the hands of people who are penning laws. It is how we connect survivors with legislators all across the country.