How can art be used to examine social and restorative justice issues? What is the impact of community involvement on identifying these issues? Today Karma Chavez talks with Maria Gaspar of 96 ACRES, a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that address the impact of the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side.
Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist and public artist with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. As a performance artist, she has performed at the Athenaeum Theater and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, TX, and will participate in Escultura Social at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She is a Core Artist with the Chicago Public Art Group and has led mosaic murals and other permanent work around Chicago, including the Garfield Park Conservatory, Marwen Foundation, and Washington Park.