Since 2008, I have worked closely with Sherrill Roland as both an undergraduate and graduate student at UNCG. Midway through earning his MFA degree his life changed dramatically as he was wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
Years later, Sherrill returned to complete is final year of his MFA degree and created the Jumpsuit Project, a performance in which he wore an orange jumpsuit everyday at UNCG until graduated. Today, his project continues to ignite conversations around issIues related to incarceration. His performances challenge those who encounter the orange jumpsuit by encouraging them to address their own prejudices towards those incarcerated. All the while hoping to generate a safe space to process, question, and share.
I continue to mentor and support his brave and ambitious work in any way I can.
Please learn more about Sherrill Roland and his Orange Jumpsuit Project.
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