“Rap Sheet to Resume” blends professional development training with a social/aesthetic investigation. Individuals transitioning from incarceration to freedom often face steep barriers to securing employment. Participants retooled past skills to develop a professional resume while learning approaches from the visual arts to deepen and expand how they perceive and present themselves. Beyond the benefits to individual participants, the collaborative effort will result in a public program and an exhibition opening in late 2015 at the Urban Justice Center in New York City.
The Urban Justice Center, an organization supporting New York City’s most vulnerable residents, invited Gregory Sale to co-create this workshop and art project. Collaborators included: safe re-entry advocate Johnny Perez, social worker Susan Goodwillie, curator Marisa Morán Jahn, and fourteen individuals with histories of incarceration. Special thanks to Lee Bentley, Catrice Bowen, Andre Cates, Candie Hailey-Means, Davon Harris, Anthony Jackson, Emmanuel Kelly, Eddie Mabane, Herbert Murray, Brunilda Rivera, Anthony Watson, John Black, Isaac Scott, and John B. Springs III.
Individuals who played key supportive roles include: Mary Beth Anderson, Shiloh Ashley, Kent Clay, Jason Dillon, Alexis Jackson, Linh Lam, Doug Lasdon, Oliver Levine, Gretchen Nealon, Munir Pujara, Chris Santa Maria, Eric Susser, Terry Williams, and Kenney Woo.
This project was made possible with support from the Urban Justice Center; Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the School of Art; and Creative Capital Foundation.