(HARLEM – September 11, 2018) – Bmorenews.com’s Black Wall Street HARLEM returns to New York City this Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 pm at MIST Harlem from 6 to 7:30 pm. RSVP to https://blackwallstreetharlemmist.eventbrite.com.
Honorees include Pastor Isaac Scott, a formerly incarcerated artist and activist. As the Program Director for The Confined Arts, he is a leader in promoting justice reform and prison abolition through the transformative power of the arts. Since returning to society, he’s combined fine art and graphic design with his passion for the arts to accomplish goals that could not have been achieved without such a socially valued means of expression. Isaac’s passion for equal human rights runs deep as a result of being directly affected by the criminal justice system and its disenfranchising nature.
Today, Isaac is a 2018 Change Agent Award recipient from the School of General Studies at Columbia University, where he currently studies film and media as a Justice in Education Scholar. Pastor Scott is also the Arts and Communications Coordinator at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. His work includes research, public speaking, and managing the center’s public outreach. Isaac is studying filmmaking to pursue his ambitions for producing content that honestly represents the true lived narratives of stigmatized people. He believes that art, in every form, is effective in changing perceptions and conquering stigma. Through lived experience, Isaac personally understands the need for realistic representations of individuals like himself, who’ve been convicted of a crime in the past. Isaac also understands the healing power of the arts; it’s influential enough to transform both the artist and the audience. He is now in a position to assist those artists following behind him and to use his creativity in many ways to continue educating and promoting change.
- In 2018 Isaac was ordained as a Minister of the Lord by Dr. Rev. Mable Elliot and is currently the Associate Pastor at God’s Touch Healing Ministry.
- In 2018 Isaac presented Field Notes on Justice and Practice on behalf of the The Center for Justice at Columbia University at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
- 2018 Change Agent Award recipient. In its inaugural year this award is given to a very select group of GS students who have made outstanding contributions through their dedication to equity, inclusion, and social justice to the School of General Studies and the Columbia University Community.
- In 2017 Isaac presented at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia and the Open Engagement Conference in Chicago about The Confined Arts program and on the impact of art in changing the narrative of incarceration.
- In 2016, Isaac testified multiple times before the New York City Council’s hearing committee on issues related to the advancement of alternatives to incarceration.
- In 2016, Isaac contributed his prison experience as an Inmate Grievance Representative at a Symposium in Beacon, NY, which was a result of the death of Samuel Harrell at the hands of NYS Correctional Officers.
- In 2016 Isaac Scott visited Washington, D.C. to contribute his prison experience as a father with young children at his time of arrest, to a discussion about children of incarcerated parents. Sponsored by Patrick Baker author of “My Father is in Prison,” This Discussion was in the 7th Ward, where Isaac had the opportunity to witness poverty in a different part of the country.
- In 2016 Isaac Scott was featured as a panelist on a symposium following Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th that took place at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Isaac highlighted the importance of language in relation to the dehumanization of people who have criminal justice involvement.
- In addition to teaching art with Columbia, Isaac also teaches visual arts to ATI (Alternatives To Incarceration) mandates at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), and ProjectArt.
- Since 2015, Isaac has been given a number of awards and acknowledgements, all including City, State and Local initiatives.