Project 2050: More Than One Prison (2001)

Project 2050: More Than One Prison (2001) HIDVL

One of New WORLD Theater’s artistic legacies is Project 2050, a multi-year youth arts initiative built on the demographic projection that people of color would become the majority in the United States by 2050. The program brought together professional artists, youth communities from Massachusetts, scholars, and community activists to engage civic dialogue and create original performances based on themes that addressed young performers’ dreams and concerns. Performances were created from workshops that included playwriting, poetry, breakdancing, drumming, beat boxing, lyricism, singing, songwriting, stepping, and visual art. This is a video documentation of one of the first events created by Project 2050, ‘More Than One Prison,’ where young performers discuss the relationships between youth of color and the prison industrial complex. Performers integrate movement and rhyme, stomp style, to discuss the politics of prisons. They reflect upon prison as an omnipresent institution that affects individual lives, making people social prisoners. If imprisonment pervades so many aspects of life, then they ask: ‘how do you know you are free?’ Through spoken word and verses created by them, these young performers share with the audience their thoughts about what means being a woman, being a person of color, and being marginalized in a society that lacks opportunities. They make clear that incarceration is not the only way of being in prison, and that social change is necessary to be free of both symbolic and violent forms of oppression.


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  • Title: Project 2050: More Than One Prison
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:06:48
  • Language: English
  • Date: 2001
  • Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Christina Delgado; Chris Gray; Jamille Hazard, performers ; Valerie Jiggetts; Jacqueline Johnson; Nahid Ibrahim; Cassie Madera; Jason Martinez, performers ; Mikiko Thelwell; Ebonee Smith; Dionne Walker
  • Credits: Roberta Uno; Lamont Allen Jr.; Christina Delgado; Donaven Gibbs; Chris Gray; Jamille Hazard; Nahid Ibrahim, creator ; Valerie Jiggetts; Jacqueline Johnson; Cassie Madera; Jason Martinez; Mikiko Thelwell; Dionne Walker, creator; Roberta Uno, director for video. Mikiko Thelwell and Jamille Hazard, choreographers; jungels moving pictures, video production.