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Reimagining Drug Policy Through Artistic Expression: Museums, Marches, and More

  • When
  • June 25, 2018
    5:30–7:30 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Kasia Malinowska, Daveen Trentman, Reginald Dwayne Betts and Jesse Krimes
  • Programs
  • Global Drug Policy Program

With the Museum of Drug Policy, Artists and Activists Push for Reform


In advance of June 26, a worldwide day of solidarity with people affected by drug policies, a panel of activists and artists will discuss creative tools and techniques to push for reform of the current global drug control regime.

Among other creative advocacy efforts, panelists will highlight the Museum of Drug Policy, a pop-up arts and cultural hub featuring live programming and art from around the world illustrating how drug policies affect and shape our communities. The museum provides a powerful, emotional experience that exposes harms caused by current prohibitionist drug policies and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights.

Supported by the Open Society Foundations, the Museum of Drug Policy was first launched in New York in 2016 and has since traveled to Montreal, London, and Mexico City. Over 10,000 people across the world have experienced the museum in person and thousands more have experienced it through the museum’s social media presence.

The event space will showcase a selection of artistic prints featured in the Museum of Drug Policy. Please join us for a reception before the panel from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

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  • Kasia Malinowska

    Kasia Malinowska


    Kasia Malinowska is director of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program.

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    Daveen Trentman


    Daveen Trentman is a cofounder of, and production director at, the Soze Agency, and is production director of the Museum of Drug Policy.

  • RD

    Reginald Dwayne Betts


    Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and memoirist, and the author of three books; he is also currently enrolled in the PhD in Law Program at the Yale Law School.

  • JK

    Jesse Krimes


    Jesse Krimes is a formerly incarcerated conceptual artist whose work explores power, authority, systems, social hierarchies, norms, transgressions, and conventions of beauty.

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