Spoke with the founder for a while regarding, funding, lobbying and the effect of the program in women that have been reinstated into society. Really interesting. She has kept the organization quiet, but is intending on changing and stirring things a bit.
She has ongoing negotiations with Senators and prison directors, regarding an exciting possibility of having an area in the prison for art materials.
Next thursday there is a woman’s film festival that will be showing a documentary on the program called- “Bridging the gap”. I want us to all go. I think we could learn a lot from this lady.
ArtSpring, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), public charity whose mission is to support self-growth and effective life skills through art-making for underserved and institutionalized women and girls. Since 1994, ArtSpring has served the needs of women and girls representing a diverse ethnic, age and racial demographic through its two principal programs: Inside Out and Breaking Free. These interdisciplinary arts programs incorporate movement, theatre games, writing, drawing, music, story telling, meditation, guided imagery and performance as transformational tools for self-reflection and personal change.
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ArtSpring believes in the power of art to transform individuals and communities. We believe that each individual is inherently creative and that social meaning and expression can be found in every community. Artist Facilitators work together with our program participants to offer specifically designed creative workshops that encourage participants to re-connect to their own creativity, explore their inner imagination and assist them in forming their own creative ideas.