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Prison Art Changes Lives

Ashley Lucas is Associate Professor of Theater and Drama and Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan. On September 14, 2014, she gave a presentation at the First Unitarian Church in Portland about art and prisons. In this program, she shows slides of prisoners' paintings and drawings, explains how the PCAP works and describes how prison art programs change and save lives. She also gives an informative insider view of how incarcerating more than 2 million people in the US affects them and their families. Lucas performs a monologue from her one-woman play based on interviews with family members of prisoners. This is a moving and important program in a country that is locking up more of its people than has ever been done before in history.

(NOTE: Part 1 includes artwork depicting parts of the human anatomy normally not seen in public places.)

This show was produced by Barb Greene and taped by PC Peri, with editing assistance from Dan Handelman.

Streaming made possible by the generousity of Claire Stock.

Part 1 (28:31):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) and slide show
  3. 17:24: Art saves lives - Robert Doctor's story
  4. 20:06: How PCAP works
  5. 22:58: Dragon carousel
  6. 25:34: Juvenile lifer - Chris's story
  7. 27:18: End Credits
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

Part 2 (28:29):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Chris's story (continued)
  3. 4:46: Child of a prisoner - Ashley's story
  4. 10:00: One- woman play
  5. 12:29: A monologue from the play
  6. 16:09: Sesame Street's incarcerated parent
  7. 17:38: How the art sells
  8. 18:21: The play and conversations with families
  9. 26:47: End Credits

The whole show (VB #94.09&10) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel.

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