Local wordsmith and artist Halim Flowers will share about his artistic pratice, the personal experiences that have shaped his work No Free (performed at Georgetown Waterfront on June 16), and about his co-founded social entrepreneurial venture, Unchained Media Collective. Halim will be joined by his co-founder of Unchained Media Collective and Halcyon Arts Lab cohort 1 fellow, Kristin Adair.
Halim Flowers is co-founder and chief strategy officer at Unchained Media Collective, a social impact production company that empowers currently and formerly incarcerated people as storytellers and advocates. Halim was born and raised in Washington, DC, then the murder capital, during the crack era. He was sentenced to 40 years to life for a crime he was involved in at age 16. In 2019, he was released after successfully petitioning for resentencing after 22 years behind bars. Halim’s personal mission is to help empower those in the same situation that defined his life, being incarcerated as a child in an adult prison system focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation. A passionate social entrepreneur, he launched his own publishing company, SATO Communications, while incarcerated at age 24. His 11 books have been distributed globally and are used in classrooms nationwide to discuss the impact of incarceration on young people. He has taken numerous college classes in business and sociology, and plans to complete his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, through the Prisons and Justice Initiative.
Kristin Adair is the co-founder and creative director of Unchained Media Collective, a social impact production company dedicated to disrupting mass incarceration through training and amplifying the voices of currently and formerly incarcerated storytellers. She is a documentary filmmaker, multimedia artist and trained attorney, based in Washington, DC. She is deeply committed to collaborative filmmaking that advocates for the interests of those incarcerated as children and young adults. After leaving her job as a non-profit lobbyist in 2011, Kristin helped create an afterschool arts program for incarcerated youth. Finding her passion, she returned to graduate school to hone her multimedia storytelling skills. In 2018, she completed production on the documentary Becoming Free, which looks intimately at the experience of young adults coming home from prison after years or decades behind bars. She was selected for the inaugural 2017-2018 cohort of the Halcyon Arts Lab social justice arts fellowship. She has a BS from Georgetown University, a JD from the George Washington University, and an MA from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.