Join us for a 2 part workshop exploring women in the criminal justice system.
The rates of incarceration have rose drastically in the past decades--more for women than for men. At the first workshop, we will discuss incarceration before moving into our ideas of prison, both preconceived notions and/or personal experiences. Then we will create work that reflects our understanding of the "inside," this work will be shared with women at Travis County Correctional Complex. Together, the artwork, writing, and discussions will compose a correspondence of ideas between women on either side of the barbed wire.
Our second workshop will meet to view and respond to what the women at Travis County explored on the same theme. All of the work produced will be used for a zine that both HIVE and Freehand Arts Project as a way to begin the process of breaking down the barbed wire that both physically and spiritually separates us.
Murphy Anne Carter teaches creative writing classes at Travis County Correctional Complex through Freehand Arts Project, a group of volunteers dedicated to bringing the creative arts to women incarcerated in Texas jails and prisons. She now serves as co-director of Freehand Arts Project while continuing pursuing her side hustles — organizing after school arts programming and creative writing classes, helping with her mother’s embroidery and monogramming business, and starting her own bookmaking press. Murphy swims in Barton Springs more days of the week than not, writes her favorite pen pals in New York and North Carolina (almost daily), and tries to sew like her mother. She loves bad jokes, writing, Latin American authors, and Bill Withers—separately and in various combinations.