Posts Tagged ‘art’

Inside/Outside Envelope Project

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Phyllis Kornfeld – whose Cellblock Visions is a powerful and beautiful collection of art made by people in prison – has begun the Inside/Outside Envelope Project. As Phyllis describes: "Envelope art is a long-standing tradition in prison art. Beautiful envelopes sent to loved ones communicate a deep connection. The Inside/Outside Envelope Project is expanding that connection. Incarcerated men and women donate their pre-stamped, ready for use, envelope art to be sold as a fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds benefits non-profit organizations.”

Anyone interested
in helping with a tax deductible contribution, send to:
A.P.E. Ltd.
126 Main St
Northampton, Ma 01060

(with a memo "For the  Inside/Outside Envelope Project.")

arts in this crisis

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Many quote these days from the opening of A Tale of Two Cities, that line about the best of times and the worst of times. Others remind us to take advantage of the opportunities always inherent in crisis.

What might be possible for artists and arts in this (grim and hopeful) moment? Arlene Goldbard has written two excellent essays on the history of federally funded arts-work programs and on the possibilities for such programs in this moment.

Congressman George Miller, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor announced that he will conduct "a series of hearings this Spring to examine how the arts benefit the nation’s economy and schools—and what can be done to improve support for the arts and music fields." Please write to thank him and to let him know your thoughts on this subject.

And check out the work of the National Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools and Communities Take time to view the great YouTube interview on the site with actor Bill Irwin about his work as a CETA artist for San Francisco's Pickle Family Circus.

prison arts coalition

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Please visit a wonderful new blog site that allows people sharing art-making in prison (or any corrections or post-release setting to share information about programs and resources, as well as to post blogs about the work.

The group that worked on this blog site is in the process of developing what we need (mission statement, etc) to create an actual Prison Arts Coalition entity. We hope to find funding that will allow in-person gatherings as well as other ways to share the work we're all doing. We'll post whatever we come up with on the blog site.

intense yearning to create

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Phyllis Kornfeld, author of Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America, sent the link to a wonderful essay she wrote (the piece includes beautiful images of work done by people in prison). Phyllis writes about how she thinks of her work:

"'Art Teacher' didn't seem the right job description after a few weeks of working behind bars. Some of the men and women had already created strikingly fresh work without benefit of an art program or decent materials.

"Teaching the conventional principals, techniques, and subject matter—in other words, what was taught to me—not only seemed irrelevant, but that such an approach was likely to put a lid on the intense yearning to create what was obvious, and poignant, in most of the people who came to my classes."