Social Justice / Prison Programs (54)

California Arts Council Issues New Arts in Corrections Report

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Findings demonstrate value and impact of healing-centered prison arts programs The California Arts Council has released the findings of a needs assessment and process and impact evaluation of the state agency’s Arts in Corrections program. The report, Flowers Grown in Concrete: Exploring the Healing Power of the Arts for People Experiencing Incarceration—demonstrates three major findings…

Returning to San Quentin Post-Pandemic – June 18 (day three)

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by Lesley Schisgall Currier Today was the first day back for the Friday Shakespeare group.  As it turns out, almost all of the men in this group are either in one or the other classes this week, or turned up for them anyway.  This is a phenomenon specific to San Quentin.  At other prisons, if…

Returning to San Quentin Post-Pandemic – June 17, 2021 (day two)

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By Lesley Schisgall Currier Today was our first day back with the Acting for Veterans group.  Most, but not all, of the men in this group are military Veterans. They had created a fully developed script based on their personal stories which was slated to be performed in a few weeks when Covid hit.  Back…

Returning to San Quentin Post-Pandemic

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by Lesley Schisgall Currier June 16, 2021 See below for additional installments! Today, after 15 months without setting foot inside a prison, we returned to San Quentin to teach our first class. We spent the pandemic creating “alternative programming” for the 14 California state prisons, Alameda Juvenile Hall, and Marin’s Community School where we work…

Wanda Sabir Interviews Dameion Brown

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May, 1, 2020 – As Sheltering in Place continues, Wanda Sabir interviews Dameion Brown. Slide show and website link: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/wandas-picks/2020/05/01/wandas-picks-radio-show In the first conversation Michael J. Satchell and his editor, Marvin X, share the story of Tariq, a great Moorish General. Satchell has published his screenplay to raise funds to make the movie. Then in our…

Inside Shakespeare for Social Justice

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For many of the incarcerated men, women, and youth who take Shakespeare classes with us, Shakespeare for Social Justice is an important lifeline, providing the gift of connection, creativity, and emotional growth. We are happy to share stories, quotes, memories and musings from the teaching artists and students of Shakespeare for Social Justice, creating a…