Prison Arts in the News
First Artist in Residence at a DA’s Office Explores Human Toll of Incarceration
Jan. 16, 2020
"Because most of the organization’s murals are created on fabric (in sections) and then applied to walls, many incarcerated individuals participate in the art-making process, even though some of them will never see the completed public works once they are installed in the “outside” world."
The Room Where It Happens: Performing Hamilton In Prison
Dec. 24, 2019
"I think even though I am sentenced in prison, I still can write my narrative. You know, it’s this small window in my life where I’ve made this mistake that I strive to reconcile, that I strive to make an atonement."
Tap dance program helping female inmates rebuild their lives
Dec. 13, 2019
“It connects you. I don’t really know how to describe it, but you’re just sharing something that’s so meaningful. So, it really connects us as not only sisters, but just as women.”
Otterbein programs empower the incarcerated
Dec. 28, 2017
“There are people in prison who are working hard to be agents in their own transformation and rehabilitation,” says Glover. “I see people who are grateful and are striving.”
Transforming Inmates Through the Drama of Shakespeare
"Prison theater programs can be a crucible for transformation," he [Jonathon Shailor] said. "Prison theater programs are places of refuge where the imaginations, hopes, and humanity of the incarcerated can be more fully expressed."
Prison Theatre Programs
Many theatres and arts institutions recognize the transformative effect creative outlets can have on those in the criminal justice system.
How drama is helping prisoners to change Lebabob's penal code
“The play is like the cherry on top … The prisoners have already gained, but the play is therapy for the whole society, because you’re making people aware of what it means to commit a crime, and why we become criminals, and that these people deserve a second chance.”
The Power if a Theater Performance in Prison
“You have to be able to lead with silent and gentle authority to motivate people behind these walls,” she says.
On-going Arts-Based, Educational and Therapeutic Workshop Program
DU PAI workshops provide high-quality therapeutic arts instruction in facilities across Colorado. Participants are empowered through workshops that focus on topics such as playwriting, ensemble theatre, arts and spirituality, and more.
Some of SC's most notorious convicts are studying music in maximum-security prison
“One family member made a comment at end that this was just amazing,” he recalled. “‘Out on the street, I would have paid $100 to see an event like this.’”
Incarcerated Women Find Solace in Clay Making with InsideOut Creatives
Empowerment, that’s the buzzword, but it really does begin to empower them,” Tinapple says. “They think, ‘Oh, if I could do this, what else could I do that I didn’t think I could?'”
A Role for Theatre in Criminal Justice?
"When you get to Shakespeare, it’s like being free for two and a half hours. It’s like you’ve been holding your breath all week, and when you walk into the auditorium for rehearsal you can finally exhale."
Columbus resident Piper Kerman talks prison inequalities ahead of Ohio State engagement
“Unfortunately...two Americans cannot count on being treated the same way in the criminal justice system — which is our expectation under law.”
Exactly what gets a book banned from prison, is one US state's spreadsheet
Books are important for everyone, but access to books is crucial for prisoners. Inmates have no or very limited access to the internet, so reading is a way to stay connected to society, if not to pass the time.
Play tells inmates' stories
"The place where the women keep coming to is a place of discovery, of self-illumination."
The exchange program that puts college kids in classrooms with prisons
"They dealt with some of things personally that the students had only read about in books, so it made them feel like they had just as much to offer, if not more, than some of the [university] students taking the class."
Inside-out looks to break down cell walls
“Every semester that I’m here somebody says to me that they learn more about themselves and about the other group than they did before and that’s the purpose,”
Students and prisoners grow from joint education
“These numbers show how badly we need to change."
Harmony Project helps inmates prepare for life outside prison
“I’ve gained healing, and I’m stronger and wiser because of this program.”
Prisoners perform Shawshank Redemption
"It was exciting to see something come from almost nothing,"
Ohio inmates find inner artist in hope for redemption
"By us doing this, I feel like we're expressing (to the community) just because we came to prison and are criminals, that's not the label that should stick with us forever,"
Beethoven's 200-Year-Old 'Fidelio' Enters Today's Prisons
"These choirs are about accessing humanity through community."
Program helps inmates find peace in prison
"We go out in this compound that can be so negative and we can change things here. Negativity spreads, but so does positivity."
Windows on Death Row: Art from inside and outside the Prison Walls
Using art as a tool for social awareness, it opens a window into an often hidden part of the ongoing conversation about capital punishment - exploring the system through the eyes of the incarcerated.
Departing prisons directory: Ohio has too many behind bars
Now, as he departs Friday after serving since 2001 as director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Mohr's "biggest disappointment" centers on the numbers.
Marking Time: Exhibit Shows Prison-Made Art
He studied the artists, took notes. He traded portraits to other inmates for lessons on painting techniques. Now struggling to get work with his criminal record, he hopes someday to make a livign from painting. \
Alan Miller: Newsrooms workshop helps staff keep in touch and up to speed
And she [Piper Kerman] hopes that personal stories from inside prison, told via at least one book she is helping inmates write, will help people on the outside understand in a personal way why the world would be a better place with far fewer people in prison.