Join us Friday, September 30, 2022 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for an evening of celebration, reflection, and renewal of our mission.


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Keynote speaker Nicole Fleetwood will discuss her body of work and the importance of the art and imagery of those directly impacted by the criminal justice system.

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with former clients and learn 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.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served.


Keynote speaker Nicole Fleetwood is an art historian and curator exploring how the art of incarcerated people is essential to our understandings 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.

Nicole Fleetwood holds a BPhil (1994) from Miami University and an MA (1998) and PhD (2001) from Stanford University. Fleetwood is currently the James Weldon Johnson Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and was selected in 2021 for the MacArthur Fellows program.


In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center is creating an endowment fund to help ensure the future of its crucial work with those who have been over punished and to remove obstacles for those who have been released.

Beginning fall 2022, The Legacy Society will honor those who have stated an intention to leave a gift from their estate or a bequest in their will to OJPC.

If you have already made plans in your estate to leave a gift to OJPC or would like more information about how to do so, please contact Sarah Estes, Director of Development sestes@ohiojpc.org.