On April 8, 2017, Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host Teen Convening: New Orleans, a youth-led summit addressing the issue of mass incarceration at its epicenter in Louisiana, a state with the highest rate of incarceration in the world. This independently organized event is affiliated with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) and part of the ICA’s Teen Convening.
Starting with an exploration of the exhibition States of Incarceration, organized by the New School for Social Research’s Humanities Action Lab and University of New Orleans Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, participants from a diverse cross-section of local youth programs will gather to explore the roots of mass incarceration. Working with local artists, teens will create original responses to this issue and collaborate with incarcerated youth to formulate a platform for action and advocacy. The convening will culminate in a public presentation of participants’ creative responses to this multi-faceted issue, as well as a set of principles for the future of criminal justice reform.
Teen Convening: New Orleans participants will also collaborate with incarcerated youth to formulate a platform for action, advocacy, and activism to make progress toward a future with fewer prisons and prisoners.