Check out the Hidden Voices trailer created by one of our project participants and supporters. It’s a great overview of projects through the years, from former inmates to undocumented youth to veterans and refugees. What a rich community we share.
Seeking the Self at the Center for Dramatic Arts. For the second year, Hidden Voices will be collaborating with the amazing Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocates in an arts-based program to promote positive racial identity and educational success. From July 30- August 3 this year, we’re excited to be working also in partnership with the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Dramatic Arts. Camp culminates with a 15-20 minute multi-media performance in the Kenan Theatre that demonstrates the students’ own evolving racial identities. The performance will be followed by a tour of the students’ mixed media self-portraits.
DCCE Civic Thursday: Can People Change? How much punishment is enough? What is Restorative Justice, and is it useful?
On November 29th, DCCE, along with this year’s Civic Engagement Studios, hosted its second Civic Thursday of this semester. The event was very well attended with students, faculty and staff from Duke as well as a wide range of community members and activists from Durham and beyond.read more
Stay tuned for Lynden’s column about the event, which will be published in the Chapel Hill/News and Observer/Durham News on February 12.read more
As part of the new project None of the Above, Hidden Voices will be working with Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate on Seeking the Self, an arts-based program designed to promote positive racial identity development and academic success for middle school students.read more
Please join Hidden Voices, Duke Center for Civic Engagement, the Program in Education, Narratives of Development, and Information Sciences & Information Studies for a special works-in-progress preview of None of the Above: Dismantling the school to prison pipeline.
April 22, 6:30 – 8 pm at the Nasher Museum. 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705. Free and open to the public.
This is really about terrorism against young people, an assault on their minds, bodies, and spirits. It’s absolutely cruel, particularly for the kids that are most vulnerable to begin with. They are kicked out with the message that we don’t care about you, we don’t want you here. –North Carolina Attorney
A three-year community-based, multimedia collaboration, None of the Above explores the intersection of race, poverty, educational policies, and incarceration through the voices of those most affected: students, teachers, administrators, parents, attorneys, juvenile justice officials, the incarcerated and formerly imprisoned, and others.
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. More than 2.2 million people are behind bars in the US. Add to that total those on probation and parole and we have almost 7 million people living under some form of correctional supervision. The numbers of children affected is staggering.
It’s sad to see these happy, joyful fun kids coming in and me knowing their chances of ending up in a place like this are much greater compared to the regular happy, joyful fun kids that I see. Because kids of an incarcerated parent are four to six times as likely to be incarcerated themselves. That’s horrible, that’s just horrible. –Prison Chaplain
A high school dropout is 9 times more likely to end up in prison than a high school graduate. How do children get pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system? Who benefits? Who is harmed? What choices can we as a community make to dismantle this pipeline?
Some of our students work and have jobs, and so it’s more important for them to go to work so they can help pay the bills than it is for them to come to school. Challenges that most kids don’t have to face are faced by kids here every day. One kid wants to get a job and is trying to graduate because he’s about to age-out. He’s taking care of his younger brother because his father is diabetic, has lost one leg, and is going back and forth into the hospital. You know his mom died nine years ago. And he said, “I’ve been doing this for like eleven years. I’m tired.” –North Carolina Teacher
The evening includes an opening reception; an installation with selections from the portrait collage, student and teacher desks, and digital media; staged readings by Duke students and community members whose voices highlight the struggles of those caught in this pipeline; and a closing conversation with performers and audience.learn more
Celebrate her history; create our future. Join us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pauli Murray’s birth with a new play that explores the life and legacy of one of North Carolina’s own.learn more
This new Hidden Voices project is a community-based project highlighting stories from students, parents, teachers, and administrators affected by the increase in long-term suspensions and attrition.learn more