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Arts, Media, and Justice

Multimodal Explorations with Youth


Lalitha M. Vasudevan and Tiffany DeJaynes

In Arts, Media, and Justice, the aesthetic contours of literacies and communication are explored through a collection of chapters authored by educators, emerging and established researchers, youth researchers, and teaching artists whose lives intersect with those of young people inside and outside of formal institutional settings. At the heart of the varied research and curricular projects – ranging from writing workshops and photography walks to a theater elective at an alternative to incarceration program – represented in this volume is the pursuit of play, imagination, multimodal expression. The authors share their experiences working with court-involved youth to explore issues related to justice, community, identity, and representation through engagement with multiple media and modes – including photography, theater, writing, painting, and video.
Contents Lalitha Vasudevan/Tiffany DeJaynes: Becoming «Not Yet»: Adolescents Making and Remaking Themselves in Art-Full Spaces – Kristine Rodriguez Kerr: Writing with Court-Involved Youth: Exploring the Cultivation of Self in an Alternative to Detention Program – Melanie Hibbert: Video Production and Multimodal Play – Ahram Park: A Memorable Walk: The Negotiation of Identities and Participation through Evolving Space – Eric Fernandez: Fear, Innocence, Community, and Traditions – Mark Dzula: An Art Inquiry into a Young Photographer’s Artworks – E. Gabriel Dattatreyan/Daniel Stageman: Stage as Street: Representation at the Juncture of the Arts and Justice – Todd Pate: The Path from the Fear-Based World to the Plain of Creation - A Theatrical Journey of Labor and Identification – Olga Hubard: New Windows into «Museum Art»: Youth as Contributors to Collective Understanding – Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz: Afterword - The Art (and Play) of Alternative-to-Incarceration Programming.