Free Write Arts & Literacy Presents: In Conversation

In Conversation
Opening June 14, 2019
Chicago Art Department
1932 S. Halsted

Please join Free Write Arts & Literacy for a very special exhibition of student work, In Conversation.

In Conversation invites over two dozen internationally recognized artists to create original work in response to Free Write student visual art, poetry, animations, and audio recordings.

For almost 20 years, Free Write has been working inside locked facilities like the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC), offering literacy and arts education to detained youth. As an extension of this programming, Free Write produces regular publications and exhibitions to bring forth student work and stories beyond the walls of the jail and into the public sphere. These efforts serve to celebrate, validate, and elevate the work of our students, while also instigating complex conversations about the carceral system, justice, and community accountability.

This year, we invite artists from Chicago and beyond to be a part of that conversation. Each piece will be exhibited alongside its source material and included in a printed catalogue, forging discourse and dialogue between artists inside and outside of detention.

Alongside the exhibition, Free Write will host its first major fundraising event on June 22, MoneyBall. The original work created in response to Free Write student artwork will be available for purchase at auction to benefit Free Write’s continued programming and advocacy work.

In Conversation is curated by Chelsea Ross, with assistance from Omar Dyette.


Marzena Abrahamik
Alexandra Antoine
Jeffrey Michael Austin
Iris Bernblum
Don Crescendo
Elizabeth De La Piedra
Angela Davis Fegan
Liz Gomez
Cornelius H.
Keshawn H.
Shawné Michaelain Hollway
Frankey L.
Monica L.
E’mon Lauren
Damon Locks
Hector M.
Liz McCarthy
Zakkiyyah Najeebah
Patricia Nguyen
Tim Nickless
Tarnynon Onumonu
Destine P.
Nakiyah P.
Greg Pardlo
Emilio Rojas
Chelsea Ross
Nancy Sánchez
Mary Scott-Boria
Norman Teague
Adrian W.
Derrick Woods-Morrow



Half Acre Beer

Artists Frame Service

Chicago Art Department