“You guys may not know you help mend hearts when you come into prisons, so I'm here to let you know that you have helped mend mine.”
— Gabe, an inmate at Chippewa Correctional
Facility after attending a creative writing workshop
PCAP links pedagogy with practice by training college students to facilitate weekly arts workshops in adult prisons, youth detention and treatment centers, and prisoner reentry programs. PCAP courses serve as gateways for undergraduate participation in arts workshops and provide structured support for the workshops as well as academic training in issues surrounding incarceration and practical skills in the arts. Students and community members can also receive facilitator training within PCAP’s student organization.
Facilitator teams open creative spaces in institutions where they do not exist and enter equally with the other participants, bringing—as they do—our individual energies and skills. Through individual and group activities, honest discussion, and hard work, each workshop creates original art in the form of plays, writing, dance, music, and visual art that is ultimately shared with others through performances and/or exhibitions.