Criminal Law and Justice

Art and Incarceration

December 4, 2014  • Aspen Institute Arts Program

How are the lives of at-risk youth and incarcerated citizens improved through the practice of drama? Meade Palidofsky, founder and artistic director of the Chicago program Storycatchers, has spent over thirty years in underserved Chicago neighborhoods and juvenile prisons teaching young people how to use narrative and theatrical tools to turn personal experiences, dreams, and aspirations into performance pieces. She and one of her star pupils, Angelica Garcia, spoke at Lincoln Center in New York. They were joined by actress Sabra Williams, whose work with the Actors Gang Prison Project leading workshops every year in California prisons has been shown to reduce both in-prison violence and recidivism rates among its participants. The conversation was moderated by Philip Kennicott, art and architecture critic for The Washington Post.

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