Centering the voices and experiences of more than 20 system-impacted youth participants, Unthinkable Imagination utilizes paintings, illustrations, photographs, performance, sculpture, sound, collage, and mural work to navigate this difficult topic. While addressing the history of the youth justice system in Louisiana, the root causes of the system, and the direct harm it does to young people and their families, the show constantly underscores what is truly lost when we give up on the youth of our state—their humanity. Through the art, audio, color and movement, Unthinkable Imagination aims to constantly point – metaphorically and visually – towards the future by asking us all the question what could a Louisiana without youth prisons be? As one young person involved in the show succinctly answered, “Somewhere I’m supposed to be.”
By lending their voices, their talents, their experiences, and their creativity, the youth involved in Unthinkable Imagination have fashioned a place of belonging and ownership, a place where joy takes precedence—where their dreams are center stage. We invite you to see, hear, and feel these stories. We hope that you to leave here changed, moved to action on behalf of the youth of our state, to ensure that they have the freedom to be kids and the freedom to shape their own future.
- SponsorsUnthinkable Imagination: A Creative Response to the Juvenile Justice Crisis is supported in part by grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Program support comes from the Dorothy Beckemeyer Skau Art and Music Fund at the Newcomb Institute and the Mellon Program for Community Engaged Scholarship.