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

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PPC open house at Village Community Storefont

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Outdoor Paper Making

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Paper Quilt Excerpt

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PPC Handmade Books and Paper

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Ladies Night at PPC, Village Community Storefront

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Faith and Mark

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

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PPC with youth volunteer group

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Bicycle Powered Paper Pulper

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Outdoor Paper Making

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PPC Books For Sale at Eastern State Penitentiary

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Paper Quilt Installation

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Crane Arts Exhibit

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WORK WITH PPC

Volunteers, speakers, partners wanted!

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SHOP BOOKS/PAPER

Proceeds support women in re-entry

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GET IN TOUCH

courtney@villagearts.org

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