Virgin Islands Prison Project Awarded Grant

The Virgin Islands Prison Project was recently awarded a grant to participate in the annual meeting of the Alternate ROOTS organization.  Alternate ROOTS is a Southeast based organization whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. Their annual meeting, which will be held in Arden, North Carolina from August 11th through the 16th, will be a coalition of cultural workers all committed to social and economic justice issues.

This year’s meeting theme will be “Re-birth of a Nation: Using art to navigate the intersection of oppressions.”  As part of its mission to promote prison reform, the Virgin Islands Prison Project uses the original artwork and writings of Virgin Islands’ prisoners as an integral part of its communications strategies.

“We are honored to receive this scholarship and be able to participate in this event.  Our project is a relatively new one and we wouldn’t normally be able to compete with other, better established organizations.  However, the folks at Alternate ROOTS found our work with prisoners and prisoner families compelling enough to give us a seat at the table,” said Kim Lyons, Project Coordinator of the Virgin Islands Prison Project.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for us to collaborate with other non-profits and grassroots organizations involved in similar campaigns – whether it involves criminal justice reform, environmental reform or other social justice issues,” she said. “We will no doubt benefit greatly from participating in these movements on a national level, and bringing what we learn back to the Virgin Islands.

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