People's Paper Co-op

People’s Paper Co-op is an art, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship initiative that seeks to transform the narrative of reentry — with, for and as neighbors to those most affected by the criminal justice system. PPC was founded in 2014 as a project of our SPACES Artist In Residency program, with visiting artists Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist. The initiative uses art as a common language to engage and unify legal institutions, government officials, adults and youth community members, around the possibility that together, we can change the perception that a criminal record is a permanent barrier to freedom and livelihood.

PPC strategically connects former prisoners, artists, civil rights lawyers, and other community experts to:
• clear the criminal records of thousands of participants;
• produce powerful works of art that connect the voices and visions of those in reentry with those in power;
• organize a community-based think tank and internship program for re-entry woman that explores new, creative ideas for healing and eliminating the negative impacts of today’s criminal justice system;
• and operate a micro-business that produces hand-made paper and journals made from 100% recycled materials—every product includes stories and statements written by PPC members and community members that have been impacted by mass incarceration.

+ Meet lead PPC fellow, Faith Bartley
+ Visit PPC at The Village community storefront at 2558 Germantown Avenue, m/w/th/f, 11am-4pm
+ Follow PPC on Facebook
+ Check out PPC News and Events

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Faith Bartley with her Paper quilt piece

PPC open house at Village Community Storefont

Outdoor Paper Making

Paper Quilt Excerpt

PPC Handmade Books and Paper

Ladies Night at PPC, Village Community Storefront

Faith and Mark

Fath Bartley, PPC Lead Fellow and Mark Strandquist, PPC Co-Director

PPC with youth volunteer group

Bicycle Powered Paper Pulper

Outdoor Paper Making

PPC Books For Sale at Eastern State Penitentiary

Paper Quilt Installation

Crane Arts Exhibit

Volunteers, speakers, partners wanted!


Proceeds support women in re-entry


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