On November 20, Poetic Theater Productions, Judson Arts Wednesdays and the La Paloma Prisoner Project presented Ascención: Celebrating the Movement Toward Liberation in association with La Lucha Arts.
As Broadway World reported, “This special one-night-only showcase will highlight the work of women artists of color devoted to advocating for and developing work around decarceration, liberation, and reclamation.” Ascención featured poetry, excerpts and short works from interdisciplinary artists and activists, with several Art for Justice grantee partners among them, including Liza Jessie Peterson, poetry by PEN America Prison Writer’s program poet Louise K. Waakaa’igan and alumni of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA).
Ascención was held at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. The program began with a free community meal, followed by the event itself. The event was free to the public.
Liza Jessie Peterson received the Activating Art and Advocacy grant as part of the Art for Justice Fund’s Spring 2018 and Spring 2019 cohorts. PEN America received the Changing Narratives Through Art grant as part of the Fund’s Spring 2018 cohort. RTA received the Changing Narratives Through Art grant as part of the Fund’s Fall 2017 and Fall 2018 cohorts.