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Revealing the Good in People Through Nature and Art – From Prison

Charles Seaborn is a marine biologist, wildlife photographer and consultant to aquariums, zoos, museums, nature centers and resorts. To learn more about his recent photographic work in SOMA magazine see “For the Love of Nature”. To read about his passion for the ocean see “How Ed Ricketts and the Ocean Brought Purpose to My Life”. Charles can …

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From Georgetown to Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Center: Transcending Distance Through Poetry

By Wendy Jason, Administrator for the Prison Arts Coalition, and Carlos Contreras, former winner of the Prison Arts Coalition Banner Competition WENDY: This semester, my partner, Jiva Manske, and I are working with 18 Georgetown University students to learn about the US criminal justice system and the principles and practices of restorative justice. Inside the classroom, we …

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Yoga Behind Bars: A Light in Every Cell

Olivia Silver is the Development Director at Yoga Behind Bars. She is a certified yoga instructor with thousands of hours of training and teaching  in vinyasa, anusara and jiva mukti asana. Yoga Behind Bars is a volunteer-led nonprofit that heals lives and society through the transformative power of yoga. We believe in the ripple effect and …

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The University of Illinois Now Spearheads the CCJDC Arts Project

Alex Moroz is the founder and director of the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Arts Project in Illinois. Please contact Alex at amoroz08@gmail.com if you want to learn more, read his previous blog post, and visit the program website at www.ccjdcartsproject.weebly.com. Next week, nine students at the University of Illinois will be providing arts experiences to …

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GIRLS ON THE WALL: A Powerful Story of the Performing Arts in Prison

Emmy-award winning producer & director Heather Ross spent much of her childhood tagging along to film classes with her graduate student mother. After obtaining bachelor’s degrees in Film/Video and Psychology at UC Santa Cruz, she produced segments on all 7 continents as associate producer of the feature documentary, Naked World (HBO).  She has gone on to direct and produce programs …

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Prison Arts Coalition Website Banner Competition

Calling all artists! We are excited to launch an open competition for next month’s Prison Arts Coalition website banner image. The banner image will appear on each page of the website and in the online Gallery, and a detailed description of the image and the artist will appear on the homepage. This is an excellent …

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The Prisoner: A Short Film About Imprisonment

Ria Fay-Berquist is a by-product of late 1970’s San Francisco, a narrative and documentary filmmaker, and a former media literacy teacher for young women in the Chicago public schools. She holds a BFA in Film, Video, and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now makes Los Angeles her home.  …

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Calls from Home: A Message from Thousand Kites

Thousand Kites is a community-based performance, web, video and radio project centered on the United States prison system. Based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Thousand Kites can be reached at team@thousandkites.org. Thousand Kites needs your help to produce “Calls from Home,” a special radio project that connects prisoners to their families.  With your support we are going to …

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