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Illinois Humanities presents Visions of Justice: Bloomington-Normal, a program of our Envisioning Justice initiative produced in partnership with VAM Studio.

This edition of the Visions of Justice series features interviews with five insightful contributors from the Bloomington-Normal area:

  • Ky Ajayi, Black Lives Matter Blo-No
  • Olivia Butts, Black Lives Matter Blo-No
  • Heather Canuel, activist, founder of Art from the Heart
  • Jenn Carrillo, organizer, former Bloomington City Council member
  • Gabe Cripe, law student, past member of Black Lives Matter Blo-No

About the Series

Visions of Justice is an eight-part video series created in partnership with VAM STUDIO that brings together the perspectives of more than 30 Illinoisans spread over seven towns and cities to examine the far-reaching impacts of mass incarceration in our local communities.

Each edition features interviews with organizers, scholars, artists, and other residents in different Illinois communities: Bloomington-Normal, Carbondale, Chicago, Decatur, East St. Louis, Galesburg, and Urbana-Champaign. View the full series to watch the conversation unfold across the state.


Illinois Humanities and our Envisioning Justice initiative extend our deepest gratitude to the many collaborators and community partners who made Visions of Justice: Bloomington-Normal possible: