As LA County Ends Solitary Confinement for Minors, Artists Step in to Reimagine the SHU
In May, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to stop placing incarcerated youth in solitary confinement (except in extreme cases). Now, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network is working to transform those special housing units--or SHUs--into cultural hubs, "cooling down" areas, and "hope centers." At Camp Joseph Scott juvenile detention center in Santa Clarita, a new mural project has given a new outlet to the 25 girls in custody.
Ferguson’s Radical Knitters: “If Someone Asks Me What I’m Doing, I Say, ‘I’m Knitting for Black Liberation'”
For The Yarn Mission--a group of knitters in Ferguson, Missouri, brought together in 2014 by the city's egregious police brutality and subsequent protests--practicing their craft in public is an opportunity to engage the community in their unique form of activism, bound by yarn, needles, and a desire for radical social change.
Designing for The Public Interest in Brazil’s Favelas
Listen to an interview with architect Pedro Henrique de Cristo who, along with his wife Caroline, started +D // Design with Purpose, an "antidisciplinary studio that conducts research, design and development integrating public policy, architecture and technology to create public value, intergenerational legacies and systemic change." Their work on Parque Sitie has transformed the former landfill into Rio de Janeiro's first "agro-forest."