By Comrade Vivian
November 1, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA: On November 1, Bloomington, Indiana art collective, PwrPlnt, and Indiana-wide prisoner support and prison abolition group, IDOC (Indiana Department of Correction) Watch, hosted an exhibit featuring works by incarcerated artists as a part of “First Friday.” Artists ranged from Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, currently incarcerated at Pendleton Correctional Facility, to (recently released) Anastazia Schmid, and pieces ranged from paintings, drawings, sculptures, such as a paper motorcycle with moving parts, and political prints.
Over $600 was raised for the artists themselves or, if they opted to donate the money, for IDOC Watch, which sends monthly funds to radical prisoners organizing inside of Indiana prisons. IDOC Watch members tabled for donations and sold zines which included works by Indiana prisoners, ranging from poetry to the history of prison struggles in Indiana. Funds raised from these zines and donations went to inside comrades’ monthly stipends.
A second installment of the exhibit will be open November 15th from 6pm to 9pm EST at PwrPlnt. Zines and remaining art will be for sale, as well as the opportunity to give donations to IDOC Watch. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute to IDOC Watch’s work, you can donate at https://www.idocwatch.org/donate.