Artist Projects

Thousand Kites


Amelia Kirby , Donna Porterfield , Nick Szuberla

Thousand Kites is a community-based performance, web and radio project centered on the United States prison system and created with inmates, employees and their families. Material is developed with inmates at two Appalachian super-maximum security prisons, which are then turned into scripts, installations and broadcasts in the communities most affected by these facilities. These events take place at churches and community centers and on small radio stations near prisons from Sing-Sing in New York to Angola in Louisiana. Through the group’s website, scripts and other items are available for free to the general public. Thousand Kites draws on projects by the groundbreaking collective Appalshop and by Nick Szuberla’s own group, Holler to the Hood.

Project Updates

  • 2012: Szuberla launches KitesCampaign.org, a website that empowers people to start a campaign to support their own community organizing

  • 2008: Thousand Kites partners with the producers of Writ Writer, a documentary about Fred Cruz, a jailhouse lawyer