VOTE FOR FREE SCHOOL: TEXT ART2 to 22333 or (747) 444-3548
For the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award Detroit
For over two years, Free Schoolers have been co-facilitating the Writer’s Block, a poetry and creative arts workshop in the Macomb Regional Correctional Facility. We’ve been selected as a candidate for the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award, an award and substantial financial grant that would allow the Writer’s Block to expand its output and impact with a series of publications and artworks by the incarcerated artists who participate. It would also allow Free School to expand by increasing autonomous spaces in the digital as well as local sphere.
In the sense of solidarity rather than competitiveness, we encourage you to look at the other organizations. They are wonderful groups and people and we intend to collaborate with in future projects. We simply hope that the Free School Writer’s Block project interests you enough you show support by:
Texting: ART2 to 22333
If you can’t send a short code text, you can text (747) 444-3548, instead. You should get a reply confirmation of your vote. The voting window closes September 14 at midnight, and you only get one vote.
For more about the workshop and the poets themselves check out The New Yorker Video and the Incarcerated Archive.
For more about the Knight Arts Challenge check out Knight’s Video.
For upcoming Free School events check out FS, join the email, follow on instagram, and please forward this along to your various networks and help the Writer’s Block rhizome grow.
Thank you for your support!
Above: The Writer’s Block, March 2015. Front row, from left to right: Timothy Sanders, Yusef Qualls-El, Donald Malone-El, Frances Barber, James D. Thomas, James D. Fuson. Back row, from left to right: David Armstrong Jones, Michael Brown, Umar, Jonathan Rajewski, Maurice Sanders, Steve Hibbler. Not pictured: K.D.A. Daniel-Bey, Jamie Laufenberg, Fred Williams, Tony Tard and Matthew Polzin. Image courtesy of Kelly Loudenberg and Saul Metnick. The Writer’s Block, March 2015. Writer’s Block members conducting the workshop. Images courtesy of Kelly Loudenberg and Saul Metnick.