Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

The Prison Music Project hosted by Zoe Boekbinder, featuring Ani DiFranco, Princess Shaw, BL Shirelle, and Guests

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General Admission: $30

CAC Members: $25 **

** CAC Members: Enter your member code (sent to you via email) at checkout to receive $5 off

Special Bonus! Receive two exclusive digital downloads from Zoe Boekbinder’s latest album, “Rise”, and the title track from The Prison Music Project collective, “Long Time Gone" with every ticket purchase!

In an effort to engage impacted communities with this program we are making tickets available for free to partners in the work of ending mass-incarceration. If you are a formerly incarcerated person or work for an organization that is fighting mass incarceration, please contact Kaisas Peguero, CAC Program Manager, at

The Prison Music Project is a collective of artists — inside and outside of prison — who share stories that catalyze a shift to a form of justice that focuses on healing rather than punishment. 

The collective began in 2010 when incarcerated artists and writers at New Folsom Prison began to collaborate with volunteer teaching artist Zoe Boekbinder. The resulting thirteen songs, written by the collective and performed by a diverse cast, were released on the 2020 debut album Long Time Gone via Righteous Babe Records in June 2020. 

For this presentation, Zoe Boekbinder has invited album collaborators Ani DiFranco and Princess Shaw to join in hosting an evening of songs from the project. Featuring guest performances by Robbie Pollock, BL Shirelle, and Naima Shalhoub, the show highlights music stemming from the topic of incarceration. 

To purchase the album Long Time Gone, donate to the writers’ commissaries and legal funds, and find out more about the collective, visit All proceeds from album sales benefit incarcerated and formerly incarcerated communities through the Southern Center for Human Rights. 



Film Editing: Zoe Boekbinder

Live Footage Capture: Bruce France and Melisa Cardona 

Sound Capture and Mixing: Steve Gilliland 

CAC Resident Technical Director and Lighting: Jo Nazro 


The Prison Music Project is part of Inter[SECTOR], the CAC’s three-year multidisciplinary arts programming centering cross-sector engagements with the fields of carceral justice, healthcare, and the environment. During the CAC's 20-21 season Inter[SECTOR] examines the impact of mass incarceration on our community through performances, workshops, and virtual conversations created and led by women and non-binary artists alongside individuals impacted by the in justices in the prison system. 


In addition to the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation, the Inter[SECTOR] programming is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation). Support is also provided by Sydney & Walda Besthoff, The Helis Foundation, and the Welch Family Foundation. This exhibition is also supported by the City of New Orleans through a Community Arts Grant, as well as by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.

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    97 minutes
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    United States
  • Cast
    Zoe Boekbinder, Ani DiFranco, Princess Shaw, Naima Shalhoub, BL Shirelle, and Robbie Pollock