The United States is the most incarcerated nation in the world. Teen HYPE, an empowering youth development program, is searching for talented DPSCD students for their Mis-Taken art contest to draw attention to the 13th Amendment. The contest will artistically explore the impact incarceration has on families, communities and the students themselves. Top semi-finalists’ work will be displayed as part of an exhibit and a $500 cash prize will be awarded to one student artist.
The project asks students to respond through art answer one or more of the following 13 questions:
- Did the 13th Amendment abolish slavery or did it alter the way it functions
- Knowing that we are the most incarcerating nation, do you feel safe; or do you feel something else?
- Have you had a father, brother, mother, sister or someone else you care about taken into the prison system?
- Is there a possibility for corporations to abuse the benefits of using prisoners to make products cheaply?
- What is it like to be a parent in prison, and how do you connect to your children growing up without you in their daily lives?
- Bryan Stevenson says “Each of us is worth more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” What does this mean in light of our current justice system?
- How much does freedom cost, and how much is your time worth to you?
- Should some people never be allowed to exist in society again?
- How does the presence of a police officer make you feel?
- Does wealth or race influence how someone gets sentenced?
- Are there better wats to help people make amends after they’ve made a mistake?
- Do people who are in prison have something to teach people who are not in prison and do they have any gifts to give?
- What happened when voices are silenced, when music is quieted, when art is covered up or thrown away.