ERIC Number: ED368873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Anthology of Inmate Art. Special Demonstration Project.
Hawk, Kim; And Others
The Anthology of Inmate Art project was a 353 Special Demonstration Project to encourage prison inmates enrolled in adult basic education/General Educational Development (ABE/GED) programs to create and publish their own works of art, poetry, and other creative writing. In addition to gaining experience in creative writing and discussing poetry, the 40 participating inmates received an average of 25 hours of computer instruction and used software incorporating both word processing and clip art graphics and selected courseware designed to improve writing ability and grammar. The students' writings and accompanying art works were compiled into an anthology. The 700 copies of the anthology printed were distributed to staff and other inmates throughout the correctional institution in the hope of encouraging other inmates to participate in ABE/GED and improving staff members' opinions of the inmate population. The project proved to be an overwhelming success in that it helped increase camaraderie and fellowship among the 40 inmate participants, improved at least some prison staff members' views of inmates, and generated interest on the part of nonparticipants that may translate into increased enrollment in ABE/GED. (A copy of the anthology, "The Walls That Speak," is attached.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Creative Works
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc., Uniontown, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests