Prison Arts Program exhibits in Hartford

One of the works featured in the 2019 Prison Arts Program exhibit, on display now.

HARTFORD — The 41st annual Prison Arts Program Show runs through 28, at Capital Community College, 950 Main St, Hartford.

“The Annual Show features over 700 artworks from over 120 people in prison and the program’s alumni artists. Artists and staff work all year toward this unique and extraordinary community event,” said Jeffrey Greene, program manager of the Prison Arts Program.

The Prison Arts Program is operated by Community Partners in Action, a state-wide nonprofit agency based in Hartford that focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform. “Together, with the help of many partners, CPA’s employment, basic needs and recovery services positively impact lives, while helping to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety,” Greene added.

The Prison Arts Program is CPA’s longest running program, and one of the longest running projects of its kind in the United States. The program works with people in prison, prison staff, and prison administrators to encourage and enable productive, personal, and introspective artistic endeavors in Connecticut’s prisons. Through workshop meetings, independent art making in cells, as well as exhibition and publication opportunities, artists develop technical, communication, and critical thinking skills, empathy, self-discipline, self-responsibility, self-esteem, work ethic, connection with loved ones and the outside community, and the ability to achieve and maintain calm.

For more information or to provide support for the CPA Prison Arts Program contact Jeffrey Greene at cpaprisonarts@gmail.com

Connecticut Media Group