Mark Strandquist has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements.
His projects include: working with incarcerated youth to create their own police training manuals (that are being used to train every police officer in Richmond, VA); working with prisoners to design interactive public art installations that have engaged tens of thousands of people across the US; and co-organizing teams of lawyers, artists, and formerly incarcerated individuals to help clear/clean the records of hundreds, while creating immersive installations from shredded criminal records.
He has received multiple awards, fellowships, national residencies, and reached wide audiences through the NY Times, the Guardian, NPR, the Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, VICE, and many others. He currently direct the People’s Paper Co-op in Philadelphia, PA, and the Performing Statistics project in Richmond, VA. In 2016, he were awarded the A Blade of Grass fellowship for Socially Engaged Art to begin the Philadelphia Reentry Think Tank.
Performing Statistics, a project by Art 180 and Legal Aid Justice Center, connects incarcerated youth with artists, designers, educators, and Virginia’s leading policy advocates to transform the juvenile justice system.
From working together to train Richmond, VA’s entire police force, to creating immersive exhibits and media campaigns that have engaged tens of thousands of people, the project uses art as a megaphone to amplify the stories, dreams, and demands of the youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-pipeline.
This summer, in Richmond, VA, a group of teens incarcerated at the Richmond Detention Center will work with virtual reality experts, designers, advocates, and new-media artists to create a mobile immersive installation based on the school-prison-pipeline. The installation will be used to train every police officer in the city while engaging communities across the state and beyond.
Reimagining public safety and the juvenile justice system
Legal Aid Justice Center, Art 180 and the RISE for Youth are the core partners. But we also partner with the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond Detention Center, and many other governmental orgs
How could incarcerated youth, artists, creative technologists, and policy advocates work together to transform the juvenile justice system?