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Prison workshop in India turns inmates into artists – Al Arabiya English

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***The Arts in Rehabilitation Series: Art School in Prison***

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           I first shared this art in prison project almost two years ago and was delighted to find from this recent article that it is still going strong. The arts are being used in helping to rehabilitate those in prison in many different ways. Read about this extraordinary project in India!

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Source: Prison workshop in India turns inmates into artists – Al Arabiya English

 

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Arts-in-Corrections: California’s Creative Response to a Broken Prison System | KCET

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The Arts in Prisons, Key to Rehabilitation:

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     One of the “Living Through Creativity” resource guides planned for the coming year will focus on the role of the arts in rehabilitating prisoners. I have shared several projects in earlier posts; today’s blog introduces the very important partnership in California that offers ideas for all of us. Kudos to the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Thanks to station KCET for the information.

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“By introducing prison inmates to everything from drama to dance through the innovative Arts-in-Corrections program, the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hope to aid rehabilitation, combat recidivism and foster safer conditions behind bars.”

Source: Arts-in-Corrections: California’s Creative Response to a Broken Prison System | KCET

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Arts in Rehabilitation!

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Watch Female Inmates Perform A Gut-Wrenching Version Of ‘The Wiz’

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The Power of Arts in Rehabilitating Prisoners, An Inspiring Example:

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     In my research for my book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” I have found many interesting approaches using the arts to help rehabilitate men and women in prison. A few months ago I reported on the Art School in the local prison in Karachi, Pakistan. Today I found a fascinating resource for art therapy activities in prisons in the state of New York.

     Rehabilitation through the Arts has been working for a year with women in the Bedford Hills maximum security prison in New York. They have developed an urbanized theater version of The Wizard of Oz, which is performed by the inmates. Huffpost Women describes the program here and includes a moving video of the women speaking of their experiences and performing The Wiz. Tissues definitely needed.

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Source: Watch Female Inmates Perform A Gut-Wrenching Version Of ‘The Wiz’

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Karachi Central Jail: Learning art behind bars – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

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Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST. Karachi

Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST. Karachi

No nation has a prison system that really changes prisoners lives for the better. Every so often, however, I find a light shining in the darkness. One section of my book “Shaping Our Lives, Transforming Our Communities” focuses on using the arts for the rehabilitation of prisoners. Today’s post brings us a great story from Karachi, Pakistan.

Nusra Mang, a prison overseer in Pakistan, founded an art school in Karachi Central Prison in 2007. It has become a vital force in improving the lives of prisoners and giving them skills that can be used when they are released. This photo essay is from a Karachi news organization, DAWN, and was developed as part of a training class for future journalism students, Principals of Journalism. The power of the expressive arts knows no boundaries of time, place, or culture.

If you know of any prison-based arts programs, please use the contact form below to tell me about them.

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Karachi Central Jail: Learning art behind bars – Pakistan – DAWN.COM.

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Courtesy of DAWN.com and SZABIST

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Tuesday Rising: Arts Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars Through The Arts

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In examining the role of the arts in our lives, do not overlook its impact on those who have been in trouble with society. California was the pioneer in offering the arts to men and women in prisons–not just painting and the other visual arts but also music, theater, the performing arts as well. The results have always been positive, but sustaining the funding for these programs is always difficult.

The program I am sharing with you this morning is one that needs to be considered by prison authorities across the nation. such programs should be an integral part of budgets that focus on rehabilitation.

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Arts Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars Through The Arts.

 

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