REDEMPTION SONGS: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A COMMUNITY PRISON CHOIR – Book Release

Innerworld Publications San German, Puerto Rico Iowa City-based writer Andy Douglas’s new book, “Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir”, was released on April 1, 2019. For six years, the author volunteered with the Oakdale Community Choir, a performing chorale composed of both volunteers and inmates and directed by University …

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An important message from PAC’s manager — please read on!

Dear PAC Community, I’m excited to share some big news with you! Over the coming months, the Prison Arts Coalition will undergo a transformation to incorporate as the Justice Arts Coalition (JAC), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. In the spirit of the vision that drove PAC's founders, the JAC will become an organizing body for institutions …

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Conference Announcement: Reframing the Landscape of Justice

California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association in collaboration with Santa Clara University and the Justice Arts Coalition presents Arts in Corrections: Reframing the Landscape of Justice June 24 - 28, 2019 Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 This national conference will provide professional development opportunities for artists …

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Communities of Caring through Choral Singing: an update from the Oakdale Prison Choir

by Mary Cohen, PhD After attending an East Hill Singers concert in January 2002 in Overland Park Kansas, my curiosity for Prison Choirs began. In graduate school at the University of Kansas, I spent a lot of time in Prisons, literally and figuratively—learning from Elvera Voth, the Inside and Outside Choir members of the East …

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