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Voices: Damon Locks

A black and white photograph of a middle-aged person standing behind a wooden frame. Behind them is a dark triangular design printed on the wall.

Sebastián Hidalgo

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Virtual via Zoom

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Damon Locks will be talking about his work with the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project, the S.P.A.C.E. program (via Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) a high school on the south side, and his work with the Black Monument Ensemble and making sounds in real time! The Prison and Neighborhood Art Projects centers on providing arts and humanities courses to men at the Stateville Maximum Security Prison, where Damon Locks works as an educator. He also educates students in the S.P.A.C.E. program to encourage civic-engagement through the arts. Finally in the Black Monument Ensemble, Damon Locks uses music and sound to connect the past and future of the civil rights movement.

Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in fine arts. Since 2014 he has been working with Prisons and Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Correctional Center teaching art.  He is a recipient of the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Achievement Award in the Arts and the 2016 MAKER Grant. He operated as an Artist Mentor in the Chicago Artist Coalition program FIELD/WORK. In 2017 he became a Soros Justice Media Fellow. In 2019, he became a 3Arts Awardee. Currently he works as an artist in residence as a part of the Museum of Contemporary Arts’ SPACE Program, introducing civically engaged art into the curriculum at the high school, Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy.