Dear friends of The Prison Arts Coalition:
Building upon a new level of cultural awareness regarding the benefits of arts in corrections programs, we would like to know if an expanded national organization would be a valuable asset to you and the work you do.
In these early stages, we feel the association could offer the following to its members:
- Raise awareness of programmatic efficacy
- Host national or regional conferences
- Share best practices
- Foster community
- Support, collect and disseminate relevant research
- Offer professional development opportunities
- What else can you imagine?
The following 5-minute survey is designed to help better understand the need for a national prison arts association and how it can best serve potential members like you. Your input is incredibly valuable during this early stage.
We are hoping to collect all responses by January 29th.
Thank you for your time!
This survey has been developed with input by an ad hoc steering committee of prison arts advocates and practitioners, including:
Cynthia Gutierrez – Barrios Unidos Prison Project
Ella Turenne – Artist, Activist, Educator; Occidental College
Freddy Gutierrez – Community Worker, Performing Artist
Illya Kowalchuk – Pop Culture Classroom
Jonathan Blanco – Oregon State Penitentiary Hobby Shop
Laurie Brooks – William James Association
Lesley Currier – Marin Shakespeare Company
Nate Henry-Silva – Imagine Bus Project
Nathalie Costa Thill – Adirondack Center for Writing
Treacy Ziegler – An Open Window
Victoria Sammartino – Voices UnBroken
Wendy Jason – Prison Arts Coalition
Alma Robinson – California Lawyers for the Arts
Weston Dombroski – California Lawyers for the Arts