ArtSafe Ohio in Prisons

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ArtSafe 'The Power of Art' promotional poster.(Photo: www.artsafe.org)
ArtSafe 'The Power of Art' promotional poster.(Photo: www.artsafe.org)

ArtSafe Ohio heals persons with damaged or broken lives through the arts. One of their programs is based at the Madison County Correctional Facility for Juvenile Offenders.

ArtSafe (then) Director Berdawn Hutchinson facilitated my visit to the Facility to learn more about ArtSafe’s determination to reach these incarcerated young people. Nick Graves, in for armed robbery committed when he was 16, reads his poetry.

Young Anthony shows his paintings and talks about his family, how his actions let them down and his hopes upon release. I came away with the sense that ArtSafe works to convince the young offenders that there’s no reason to wallow in a world without hope. Get busy!

Audio recorded interview at the Madison County Correctional Faculty with: Nick and Anthony; and Berdawn Hutchinson.

See also www.artsafe.org.

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