The Mass Story: Rikers Island
What do you know about Rikers Island? About the people who have been detained there? About the family and friends who visit the Island? About what is needed to close Rikers and strengthen communities?
A Mass Story event is a catalyst for reimagining justice in ways that serve the community. Mass Story events are interactive labs for storytelling and collective strategy design:
Story Agents share personal accounts of ways they've been impacted by mass incarceration, often focusing on a common theme or place (in this case, Rikers Island);
The listening participants enter into dialogue and help to unpack the problems of justice revealed by those stories;
Then everyone works together to creatively develop new strategies and solutions that lead to sustainable to change for their community.
Who should attend? Anyone concerned about the current state of NYC's jail system and wants to participate in developing new strategies that build community and promote more restorative and transformative approaches to justice.
Facilitated by Piper Anderson, Founder & Chief Creative Strategist at Create Forward LLC
The Mass Story: Rikers Island is presented in partnership with JustleadershipUSA, #CloseRikers Campaign and Humanities Action Lab with support from North Star's Let Us Breathe Fund.
DESIGN BY CREATE FORWARD
The Mass Story Campaign is a story-driven design lab developed by Create Forward under the leadership of Piper Anderson. Create Forward LLC delivers creative strategies for social change to activate the collective imagination. We consult with institutions in the arts, education, and social justice to design programs, trainings, and curriculum to engagement community in dialogue, education, and actions to create social change. Mass Story Design Lab builds on our more than 15 years of experience working on national and local cultural initiatives promoting criminal justice reform.