OJPC celebrated its 25th anniversary at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Friday, September 30.
The annual fundraising event featured keynote speaker Nicole Fleetwood, discussing her body of work and the importance of the art and imagery of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
Attendees also connected with former clients and learned their powerful stories of redemption, transformation and how OJPC’s dedicated staff and volunteers have helped them on their path of personal growth and community engagement.
OJPC thanks Nicole Fleetwood, our sponsors, attendees, the board, staff, and volunteers for the support and ongoing pursuit of creating a more just criminal legal system.
Stay tuned for information about the next OJPC event and click the link if you are inclined to support our work financially. https://ohiojpc.org/donate/.
2022 Platinum Sponsors:
Friedman Gilbert + Gerhardstein
Harry & Ann Santen, in honor of David Singleton and OJPC staff
2022 Gold Sponsors:
Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Huntington Charitable Foundation
Rittgers and Rittgers
David Singleton & Verna Williams
2022 Silver Sponsors:
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Comey & Shepherd Realtors
Paul DeMarco & Karen Smith
Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation
Charles & Ellen Hattemer
The Peter & Mary Levin Family Foundation
Peoples Church Justice Team
Sara M. & Michelle Vance Waddell
Western & Southern Financial Group
2022 Bronze Sponsors:
Anonymous Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Laura & David Beverly
Blue & Company
Center for Closing the Health Gap
Clark Schaefer Hackett
The Cochran Firm
Fifth Third Bank
Richard J. Goldberg
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati
Jewish Community Relations Council
Scott E. Knox, Attorneys at Law
Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation
NKU Chase College of Law
Edward & Nina Paul
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Tolley Family Trust
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Nicole Fleetwood is an art historian and curator exploring how the art of incarcerated people is essential to our understanding of contemporary art, the carceral state, and the humanity it contains.
In her book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2020), and an accompanying museum exhibition of the same name, Fleetwood investigates the cultural, personal, and aesthetic significance of incarcerated people’s art. Fleetwood’s emphasis on both the artworks’ aesthetic value and the artists’ ingenuity in finding ways to convey their creative vision is a powerful testament to the humanity of all those impacted by the criminal justice system. Fleetwood is demonstrating that art and imagery produced and used by incarcerated individuals is a critically important form of human expression, and her work sheds new light on the toll the criminal justice system in the United States takes on human lives.