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“Thru the cracks we’ll go,” watercolor by incarcerated artist Skye Rose, on display now at lower Manhattan’s All Street Gallery.

Art by Skye Rose

Help us spread the word: Jewish Currents offers a free subscription to anyone who is incarcerated in the US. We currently have over 75 incarcerated subscribers. Those readers have signed up through word-of-mouth or been connected to us through community organizers. Some of the most meaningful letters we receive are from incarcerated readers telling us how much our work means to them.

If you or a loved one is incarcerated and would like to receive our print magazine, email with the recipient’s name and address information and we’ll set up the subscription.

To ensure that Jewish Currents is available to those on the inside, sponsor a subscription today. For every $48 you contribute, we’ll provide a subscription of our magazine to an incarcerated reader who otherwise could not receive it.

In addition to providing the magazine free-of-charge to all incarcerated readers that request it, we are proud to platform the work of those writing and working from inside America’s prisons.

In that vein, Jewish Currents invites you to“Free Time,” an upcoming exhibit by incarcerated artists—many of whom are Jewish Currents readers—in lower Manhattan’s All Street gallery.

“Free Time” features the work of 13 artists incarcerated in state prisons across the country: Amp, Chaos, Face, Freedom, Fuller, Ganesh Bharrat, Gigi Ophelia, Jas, Jr, Krowolf, Kyra D’Anari, Lee Teka, and Skye Rose.

Working across ranging media, the artists expropriate the time the prison intends to extract from them. They display the breadth of creativity confined behind the walls and the myriad ways they strive for liberation. Their work encompasses painting, drawing, leatherwork, sculpture, collage, cardmaking, and carpentry. (Two works are highlighted in this newsletter.)

“Torcido Dream,” a leather bedazzled clutch purse by incarcerated artist Lee Taka.

Art by Lee Taka

Closing Reception: Saturday, September 9th from 4-7pm ET

For the closing reception, N95 masks are required and extras will be available. There is a virtual option for interested attendees.

Location & Accessibility Information

All Street is located on 77 E 3rd St between 1st and 2nd Avenue, and is wheelchair accessible. The closest train stations are the 2nd Avenue F and the Bleecker Street 6. For more information and updates on community programming throughout the exhibition, please email or visit All Street’s website or instagram page.

We hope to see you there!


Daniel May, Publisher