At the end of December 2023, Project NIA will officially sunset after 15 years of working to end youth incarceration.
Hear from former volunteers, collaborators, artists and organizers in residence, and supporters who intersected with Project NIA over the years and the new seeds and experiments they have sprouted since their time with PN.
Finding our "truest voice" with Bianca Diaz, our 2022 Artist-in-Residence
Look back with children's book illustrator Bianca Diaz on her 2022 Project NIA residency, where she is revisiting a fairy tale she wrote that honors stories from formerly incarcerated mothers on the importance of honesty and emotional space for their children.
Inviting people in with Debbie Southorn of Dissenters
Debbie Southorn joined us to discuss their early work on our Chain Reaction project as well as their current work around anti-militarism and campus organizing with Dissenter, and how we can support student organizers in the face of repression and doxxing.
"In the spirit of reclaiming childhood" with Aislinn Pulley
Aislinn Pulley talks through her experience planning a "play-in" for Tamir Rice on the first anniversary of his killing. Project NIA and other groups invited children and youth, ages 12 and above, to play in honor of the precious life that was lost to state violence.
Art as radical imagination with Rachel Wallis, our 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence
In this interview, fabric artist Rachel Wallis walks through her creative process as Project NIA's first artist-in-residence and how she uses art and quiltmaking as a tool to create dialog and understanding around abolition and intersecting social justice movements.
"We need toolkits!" with Erica Meiners
Listen to scholar and organizer Erica Meiners talk about her interactions with Project NIA over the years. They ground the early years of PN in where the political movement of abolition was 10-15 years ago, and talk through their experiences with the Chicago PIC Teaching Collective.