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Unity as Fragile as a Spark

Sun November 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Art by Wayland Coleman, who is currently incarcerated in Massachusetts and is a non-violent activist for prisoners’ rights.

Sign Up to AttendIn this peace and justice arts-based event, ANDRE DE QUADROS and VOICES 21C will work with Eric Anderson of the TRANSFORMATIONAL PRISON PROJECT, to engage attendees in collaborative performance, improvisation, and discussion.

VOICES 21C is a Boston-based choral artists collective seeking to combine high technical proficiency with creativity and compassion. The ensemble creates personal meaning in performance by connecting its musical messages to social justice issues in the USA and abroad, centering the voices of the silenced, the forgotten, and the marginalized. In a time when American ideals are epitomized by nationalism and aggression, VOICES 21C aligns itself with the great American voices of compassion, love, and non-violence.

The Transformational Prison Project’s genesis lies in the experiences of a small group of men serving life sentences at Norfolk Prison (a medium-security prison) who began exploring what restorative justice means. These incarcerated men made clear in practice that restorative justice was a healing and transformative process that could benefit many other incarcerated men and women, just as it has in other parts of the country and throughout the world. Their goal is to bring those who have been harmed and those who have done the harming together and help them engage in dialogue—to build understanding and empathy toward those who have been victims of violent crime.

They are joined by Mwase Potts who was formerly incarcerated and is an artist, rapper, and writer from South Boston.

Together, in collaboration with Andre de Quadros and the attendees, they will create an afternoon not soon to be forgotten.

Sign Up to AttendPay what you can afford, $0- $100 – unlimited, sliding scale.  Average to cover our costs: $30.  Our costs include honoraria for the Transformational Prison Project volunteers and a donation to the church. Read the sliding scale guidance page.   Sign up to attend.

PLEASE READ: This is an in-person event.  Attendees must be vaccinated and wear masks.  Attendance will be limited to 40 (besides the presenters) because of physical distancing.

Art by Wayland Coleman, who is currently incarcerated in Massachusetts and is a non-violent activist for prisoners’ rights.  The title “Unity as Fragile as a Spark” is from a poem written by Lauren Fields in response to Black suffragist, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s speech in 1866.


Sun November 21, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
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First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
633 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, 02130
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