Future IDs at Alcatraz Release Party
A release party on Alcatraz to celebrate the exhibition having become a fully operational social-physical device: a process for softening boundaries and mutual learning where transformation could occur. It was an opportunity to showcase the art and the artists who produced Future IDs at Alcatraz and to connect the exhibition with the history of Alcatraz and its many stories of human resilience, Saturday, July 20, 2019.
- Alcatraz Then and Now: Three pop-up stations simultaneously explored the layered history of Alcatraz to consider the importance of self-determination and identity.
- Book signing by Jolene Babyak, an author who lived on Alcatraz as a child and later wrote books, such as Bird Man: The Many Faces of Robert Stroud, Breaking the Rock: The Great Escape from Alcatraz, and Mi “Quinceañera” en Alcatraz
- Conversation with Eloy Martinez, Morning Star Gila, Hawk Lowden, and others about the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz (1969-71) and birth of the Red Power Movement
- A sharing of photographs and objects with Ranger Emily Levine referencing Alcatraz’s Prisoners of Conscience, its designation as an International Site of Conscience, and the National Park Service’s plans for the future
- “The family’s in prison too.” Parents/Children with histories of incarceration share moments of their lived experiences. Co-hosted by the William James Association’s Prison Arts Project and the Alcatraz Formerly Incarcerated Speaker Series:
- Madelyn Martin/Sabrina Reid
- Rebecca Jackson/Celeste Jackson
- Watani Stiner/Larry Stiner/Lytana Stiner
- Introduction to Future IDs at Alcatraz by Gregory Sale with Dr. Luis Garcia, Kirn Kim, and Sabrina Reid
- Greetings by Ranger Michele Gee, National Parks Service and Kate Bickert, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
- Grounding Exercise by Morning Star Gali
- Stand by Your Art: Circle of Engagement with Future IDs artist-participants and family member representatives led by Jihan McDonald and Amutabi Haine
- Breakout conversations with Future IDs artist-participants and family member representatives standing next to their individual artworks with LaVell Baylor, Dominique Bell, Jonté Campbell, Darlene Frontuto, Cirese LaBerge, Lily Gonzalez, Dr. Luis Garica, Kirn Kim, Jennifer Leahy, Emiliano Lopez, JD Melendez, Felix Miranda, J Antonio Morales, Adrielle Pittman, Candice Price, Sabrina Reid, Arnoldo Trevino, Jarred Williams, Andrew Winn, and others
- Reintegration and the Arts: System-impacted individuals, currently active in the arts and justice realms, discussed the value of arts programming on the inside and the out with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation leadership. Roundtable discussion with:
- Steve Emrick, San Quentin Prison Community Resource Manager
- Dr. Luis Garcia, Weingart Center
- Adnan Khan, FirstWatch, Re:Store Justice
- Rosemary Ndoh, Avenal State Prison Warden
- Gregory Sale, Future IDs at Alcatraz
- Terri Lynn Scater, Actors’ Gang Prison Project
- Angela Wilson, Medea Project
- The Actors’ Gang Prison Project Workshop/Performance: A first-hand look at the highly physical and emotional style of improvised theatre, led by prison program alumni with company members, including Chris Bingley, Major Bunton, Kathryn Carner, Hannah Chodos, John Dich, Montrell Harrell, Mo Piquette Haynes, Jason Hoyos, Jeremie Loncka, Rich Loya, and Terry Lynn Scrape
Thank you to our partner, Art in the Parks, of the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, including Rangers Benny Batom, John Cantwell, Erick Cortes, Steve Cote, Michele Gee, Takeo Kishi, and Parks Conservancy staff Veda Banerjee, Sabrina Bedford, Kate Bickert, Jane Marie Gunn, Angela Leung, and Patrick McAllister.
Thank you, as well, to Gregory Sale and the Future IDs Creative Team including core project collaborators Dr. Luis Garcia, Kirn Kim, Sabrina Reid, and Jessica Tully, as well as Christa Cesario, Sara Cochran, Sara Daleiden, Jear Keokham, Ben Leon, and Chris Sicat.
A special thanks to our Art & Justice Interns Baldemar Arroyo, Matt Brecke, Ernest Kirkwood, and Kelly Savage.
All visitors were welcomed to enter our Space for Processing and Reflection designed for individuals to step away from and digest their experiences on Alcatraz.
Photos by Peter Merts, 2019, unless captioned otherwise.
ALCATRAZ THEN AND NOW
“THE FAMILY’S IN PRISON, TOO.”
GREETINGS & GROUNDING EXERCISE
STAND BY YOUR ART
REINTEGRATION AND THE ARTS
ACTORS’ GANG PRISON PROJECT
Additional images from the day