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Ignite/Arts Dallas and RISO BAR release "Healing Pieces 2021 Action Calendar"

Limited edition calendar created with risograph technology offers next steps as part of "Healing Pieces" arts and engagement initiative

DALLAS (SMU) --- RISO BAR and the Ignite/Arts Dallas program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts announce the release of the Healing Pieces 2021 Action Calendar. The calendar is the third of three artworks debuting this fall as part of Healing Pieces: Offerings of Art, Expression and Nature, a collaborative multi-year arts and engagement initiative led by Ignite/Arts Dallas with myriad partner organizations and individuals.
The Healing Pieces 2021 Action Calendar, published by the risograph technology collective RISO BAR, functions as both a learning tool and a next-steps methodology for the Healing Pieces initiative. Curated by Sofia Bastidas Vivar and designed by RISO BAR Facilitator Tara Waggoner, the calendar features poems and drawings by formerly and currently incarcerated people, and graphics created by grassroots organizations that address issues of local governance. The calendar also highlights key dates relevant to the development of the Texas criminal justice system, policing and the history of white supremacy.
The limited edition calendar is available for $50 at, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Miles of Freedom, a Dallas-based nonprofit whose mission is to equip, empower and employ individuals returning home from prison and provide support and assistance for families and communities impacted by incarceration.
Shipping will begin at the end of December. Customers may also arrange to pick up their calendar orders in person at the Pollock Gallery, located in Suite 101 in Expressway Tower, 6116 North Central Expressway, Dallas 75206. Due to the current pandemic, the gallery is open only by appointment. For questions about orders, email Everton Melo at or call 214.768.4439.

About Healing Pieces

Healing Pieces ( is specifically interested in how architecture, green space, urban planning and community development can lead to transformation of the city. It seeks to illustrate how Dallas and its communities can enter conversations that encourage understanding and stimulate meaningful change across race, culture, geography, criminal and environmental justice reform and urbanism. 



RISO BAR is a publishing initiative and cooperative space that facilitates collaboration and experimentation using risograph technology. SMU’s Pollock Gallery is currently hosting a RISO BAR exhibition through May 15, 2021. For information about the exhibit, visit For additional information about RISO BAR’s work, visit


About Ignite/Arts Dallas

Ignite/Arts Dallas launched at SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2015 to integrate artistic practice and community engagement in ways that involve Meadows students, the wider SMU campus, the city of Dallas and the arts field at large. Ignite/Arts partners with artists and organizations throughout Dallas and across the country to support and develop meaningful cultural programs that benefit the local community, connect Dallas’ cultural energy to other creative communities, and introduce students to the arts’ critical role in social engagement. Its mission is to challenge the imaginations of students and citizens to create more just and vibrant communities through art. For more information, visit

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