Future IDs at Alcatraz Community Programs

It used to be you couldn’t hang out with other people who’d been incarcerated. That would have been an instant violation. But who can support you if they don’t have that experience? A lot of reframing among correction authorities is realizing that. That community brings personal support and inspires; it shows that a second chance is possible.            

– Kirn Kim, core project collaborator

Future IDs at Alcatraz centered the reentry community and other justice impacted individuals by holding civic space for stories of trauma, transformation, and resilience, for a plurality of voices and visions. Throughout the year, the exhibition served as a container, a social-physical device for ongoing community programs and events that focused on the criminal justice system and its impact on individuals and communities. 

The Future IDs Creative Team held a total of 27 community programs. The primary programs happened on the third Saturday of each month, adding a deeper dimension to the exhibition with a full day of performances, workshops, and roundtable discussions. These community programs were co-developed with system-impacted individuals and organizations invested in social justice issues and working to improve life after incarceration. Because not all experiences were compatible with the standard Alcatraz visitor experience, these groups got to decide what portion of those activities were opened or closed to the public based upon the needs and interests of their constituencies.