Mentor: Dr. Shelly Hinck
Arts and Prison Reform
The purpose of this research project is to understand how arts educators and prison administrators can co-create a learning environment in which arts education in correctional facilities can be successful by way of creative writing workshops with men from the Saginaw Correctional Facility. Arts education is important for the rehabilitation process of people who are incarcerated for reduced recidivism rates, yet there is a lack of resources being allocated to these types of programs. By analyzing themes that surfaced from reflective journals, interviews, and personal experience, this project explores some of the limitations for these kinds of programs, benefits it has for the men experiencing it, and how we as arts educators can partner with administrators to make this experience transformative.