Imagining Into the Future

The REACH Coalition participated in the 2019 REAL (Race, Equity, Arts, Leadership) Symposium today in Nashville, TN. At one point we imagined into the future about what kind of letter we would hope to receive from an audience member, moved by our work and stories to engage in their community to create change. Read it for yourself. A Letter from the Community in 2021

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On Friendship

By Harold N.

Simone Weil says that friendship is a virtue, and Aristotle says that recognizing virtue in others is the basis of friendship.

I agree that there is a bond between virtue and friendship.  In Simone’s view, virtue is in the act of friendship, and Aristotle’s view only recognizes virtue in others.  My view however differs in that a friend is someone whose qualities—virtue only being a quality—I find admirable.  I will go one step further and say that a friend is someone whose qualities I hope others find in me.

I do believe, as Samuel Clemson once said, that “we are not who we are because we say we are.  If you want to know who you truly are, then listen as a friend describes you to someone else.”

So I say, choose your friends wisely!

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Revolutionizing and Rethinking Domestic Violence

Read and download the new brochure by R.E.A.C.H. Coalition’s Subcommittee on Revolutionizing Domestic Violence here: DV Brochure Final

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Community Mapping Project

This year in R.E.A.C.H. Coalition, we are focusing on the topic of Community Healing.  We began the semester by “mapping” our communities and reflecting on both the need and the potential for community healing.  Here are some of our maps:

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Derrick Q: “Freedom to Be Free”

You bring me shackles,

I hobble to my destiny

Head high

Seeking always seeking


You bring me shackles

My heart beats its beat

Head high

Yearning always yearning


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Unit 2: A Retrospective at Carlos Gallery, University of the South

Unit 2: A Retrospective – A collaboration between students and faculty of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and prisoners in Unit 2 – the death row unit – at Tennessee’s Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville.

February 27 – March 29, 2015
Artist talk and opening reception Friday, February 27 at 4:30 PM

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present Unit 2: A Retrospective, A collaboration between students and faculty of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and prisoners in Unit 2 – the death row unit – at Tennessee’s Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville.

This exhibition features the results of an extended collaboration between art students, faculty and prisoners whose efforts have resulted in number of exhibitions in the Nashville area, including a show of collaborative drawings and photographic projects, a diorama addressing cycles of incarceration, and an exhibition of gifts given to its visitors on opening night. The works included in this show display an unlikely dialogue across the walls of prison, and they address the aspiration to transcend, albeit imaginatively, the complex and forbidding realities of incarceration and death.

Carlos Gallery
Nabit Art Building
105 Kennerly Road
University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee

gallery hours: Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM, Saturday and Sunday 1:00 –

contact: Jessica Wohl     931.598.1256


Upreyl Mitchell and Kennath H, Untitled, gelatin silver print with acrylic paint, 8 x 10 in.


Robin Paris and Tom Williams with writing by Harold N, Surrogate Project for Harold N: The Night Sky Series, ink on archival pigment print, dimensions variable


Harold N and Holly Carden, Untitled, mixed media on paper, 14 x 17 in.

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Portraits from The Gift: Unit 2 (part 3), February 1-22, 2014, Nostos Gallery, Nashville

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Gary C: “Geryon’s Dog”

In this small painting on cardboard, Gary responds to Anne Carson’s novel in verse, Autobiography of Red.  Here’s an excerpt from the poem:

Eventually Geryon learned to write.His mother’s friend Maria gave him a beautiful notebook from Japan with a florescent cover. On the cover Geryon wrote Autobiography. Inside he set down the facts.

Total Facts Known About Geryon Geryon was a monster everything about him was red. Geryon lived on an island in the Atlantic called the Red Place. Geryon’s mother was a river that runs to the sea the Red Joy River Geryon’s father was gold. Some say Geryon had six hands six feet some say wings. Geryon was red so were his strange red cattle. Herakles came one day killed Geryon got the cattle.

He followed Facts with Questions and Answers.

QUESTIONS Why did Herakles kill Geryon?
1. Just violent.
2. Had to it was one of His Labors (10th).
3. Got the idea that Geryon was Death otherwise he would live forever.


Geryon had a little red dog Herakles killed that too.

– – – -From Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red (Knopf, 1998).
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