Detroit Justice Center Artist Residency

July 23, 2020 - August 17, 2020

We believe that creativity and art are essential to imagining and building a world where every human life is valued with equal care and consideration and disposing of people is no longer considered justice. As attorneys and advocates, we are inundated by words, concepts, figures, and statistics that are intended to demonstrate the possibility of abolition and create ever tighter coalitions to express its urgency. Data in many ways is the currency of social justice and economic equity, but it cannot evoke the sense of possibility, wonder, and imagination that art and media can. That’s where you come in.

Inspired by Detroit’s long history of arts and activism, and thanks to a generous donation from Red Bull Arts, we are launching our inaugural artist residency for artists living in Wayne County, MI. We are asking applicants to submit a project proposal that grapples with the question “What does a world without police and incarceration look like?”

Applicants may work in any artistic medium and may submit four work samples as part of the application process. We ask that applicants who used time-based mediums (such as dance, music, and video) limit their work samples to no more than 20 minutes total. Anyone submitting written work is asked to limit their work sample to no more than 15 pages total.

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and individuals with past involvement in the criminal punishment system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the criminal punishment system to apply.

applicable to artists working in these mediums:

About Detroit Justice Center + Red Bull Arts

The Detroit Justice Center (DJC) is a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities.