March 11, 2024

Call Declined: Bonus Episode – The Parents

Many wonderful people helped make and inform the Call Declined podcast. In this special bonus episode, we hear from three people who are very important in the stories of Aimee’s and Kamisha’s lives–their parents. Through our conversations across generations we hear echoes of trauma, abuse, and incarceration. And we see a system that too often declines calls for help. But we also find hope for a world where those calls are answered.

December 16, 2023

Call Declined: Answering the Call

In this episode, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how Aimee and Kamisha approached building The Returning Artists Guild. We learn how they met and formed a relationship with Melissa and we hear from a variety of philanthropic funders about why the arts are important to ending mass incarceration.

December 7, 2023

Call Declined: Getting Out

We learn what the process of reentry was like for Aimee and Kamisha. And we learn how they’re using their knowledge, experience, and art to blaze a trail that makes the process easier for other people in similar situations. 

December 1, 2023

Call Declined: Life in Prison

imee and Kamisha share their own stories about incarceration – and what they tell us reveals a lot about community services, mental health and substance use treatment, intergenerational family trauma, and mass incarceration in our country. 

November 22, 2023

Call Declined: Imaginary Resources

In this first episode of our four-part series, Aimee and Kamisha share their personal stories. From where they grew up and the art they loved as kids to the ways that poverty, abuse, racism, and addiction shaped their lives…and ultimately, how they ended up in prison.