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Center for Social Media features Thousand Kites


Katie Donnelly highlights Thousand Kites as art that fosters dialogue and change in the criminal justice system.

Art and advocacy have long gone hand-in-hand, but now public media 2.0 is making it easier for users to collaborate on creating artistic projects that promote dialogue around issues of social justice. For example, Thousand Kites is a media arts collaboration focused on prisoner rights. The project was conceived in 1998 when Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby, hosts of a hip-hop radio program in the Appalachian region, began to receive letters from inmates that described racism and abusive treatment. In response, Szuberla and Kirby launched the Thousand Kites project, which uses radio, film, theater and multimedia storytelling to address issues of over-incarceration and human rights violations in the criminal justice system. Read the post

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