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NATION’S LARGEST EXHIBTION OF PRISON ART CELEBRATES 16 YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Image: Count Time by Alan Compo Norberg The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) presents the presents the Sixteenth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Running from March 22 – April 6, 2011, the show will be held at the Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan North Campus at 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard.  Over …

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The Restorative Revolution

This essay by Elaine Shpungin, Ph.D. was originally posted on 2/15/11 at http://www.improvecommunication.net/. We hope it will inspire some dialogue about the intersections of prison arts and restorative practices. Please share your thoughts. Call me crazy – but I think we are ready for a Revolution. I’m talking about a revolution in the way we …

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Learning with the Incarcerated Drives Students to Action

This article by Wendy Jason was originally posted on Change.org on 2/8/11 Since 1990, University of Michigan students have been offered unique, transformative opportunities to learn and create side by side with incarcerated youth and adults. Through coursework that often leads to participation in the university-sponsored Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), undergraduates have collaborated with …

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An Intricate Part of the Whole

This article on Black History Month by Judith Tannenbaum was originally posted on AOLNews.com on 2/4/11 Say how ya doing Outside world? Do you remember me? I’m that intricate part Missing from the whole The one y’all decided to forget … Coties Perry wrote these words 25 years ago at San Quentin. For more than …

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By Art, By Heart: The Journey of a Prisoner and a Poet

By Wendy Jason This article was originally posted 1/23/11 on Change.org Those of you who’ve read the posts in my Beyond Incarceration series know that I’m a huge advocate for prison arts initiatives. Art has the power to change lives — not just of those who are incarcerated, but of those entering prisons from the …

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Prison Theater: Performing New Lives

This review was originally posted on January 12th, 2011 by Lois Holzman, Director of the East Side Institute here. “We have a play to perform. We are accountable to one another. In programs that culminate with performances for prison audiences, and (especially) public audiences, there is an opportunity for prisoners to display and celebrate the …

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Art and Incarceration Series from Change.org

We are excited to announce that several of the organizations connected to the Prison Arts Coalition including Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc., Shakespeare Behind Bars, Stephen Hartnett of The Prison Communication, Activism, Research, and Education Collective have been reviewed by Wendy Jason on Change.org. We are grateful to Wendy for helping to get the word …

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Unlocking Creativity Behind Bars

By Wendy Jason This article was originally posted 11/23/10 on Change.org Doh-Boy is over a foot taller than I am and easily 150 pounds heavier. Intricate tattoos peek out from beneath his bright orange jail skivvies, the most visible of which is a bar of music that embraces the honey-colored flesh of his massive neck. …

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