Since 2017, Envisioning Justice has created free public arts and humanities programs in partnership with communities and people affected by the carceral system and provided grant funding for individuals, nonprofits, and collectives. Learn more about upcoming events, watch our past programs, download resources, and learn about grant funding below.
2023 Envisioning Justice Activation Series
Join us at an upcoming Activation event near you!
Illinois Humanities is collaborating with community organizations in six Illinois towns to host free public arts and educational programs for all ages.
These six events featuring the artists, educators, and organizers behind Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION create opportunities for us to reimagine timely conversations about justice, safety, community, and belonging.
Together, we’ll share stories, write poetry, see art, ask big questions, and learn from the wisdom each of us holds.
Our ideas will contribute to the growing archive of community responses to mass incarceration on the RE:ACTION website.
Envisioning Justice Grants
Grantmaking is a critical component of Envisioning Justice. Through the Envisioning Justice grants program, Illinois Humanities partners with groups throughout the state to use the arts and humanities to spark statewide conversations about the impact of mass incarceration, envision community-based solutions, and facilitate healing.
Envisioning Justice offers two grant opportunities: Grants of up to $5,000 are available to individuals; Grants of up to $10,000 are available to organizations and collectives.
Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION
Browse dynamic works of visual art, creative writing, music, film, scholarship, and more in Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION, an interactive virtual exhibition and Activation Kit created by Illinois artists and humanists to deepen our understanding of our punitive criminal legal system and its personal, local, and global impacts. Experience their work and put what you learn into practice in the Activation Kit, with more than a dozen prompts to lead you through real-world activities to question our relationships to the carceral state, encourage healing, and share how you envision justice.
Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events
Press ReleasesMEDIA ALERT: Mass Incarceration: Healing through Community and Art with Toni Picasso – An Illinois Humanities Envisioning Justice Activation Event
Explore Past Programs
View highlights from recent virtual programs on our YouTube channel.
The Envisioning Justice RE:ACTION Workbook (2023)
The RE:ACTION Workbook includes 10 unique activities designed especially for incarcerated individuals, with step-by-step instructions that invite individuals and pairs to start conversations, learn from one another, foster healing, and share how they envision justice. Created by and for people with lived experience of incarceration, the Workbook was built from the conviction that art, writing, and shared conversation have the power to create change. View the Workbook and request printed copies on the RE:ACTION website.
Envisioning Justice RE:VISION Companion Guide (2020)
Created as a companion to the 2020 program, Envisioning Justice RE:VISION, viewable above, the companion guide offers resources, inspiration, and additional readings curated by the Envisioning Justice team and our collaborators.