Why incarcerated persons? Why not the elderly, or veterans, or children at a community center? Why bring arts to the incarcerated?
There are almost 10,000 incarcerated persons in Kansas. It costs $26,407 per inmate per year to house these men and women. Kansas has a recidivism rate of 35%. Recidivism costs the state $92, 424,500.
Arts in Prison impacts the likelihood that an inmate will be successful upon return to community. The arts are uniquely able to reach those hiding deep within themselves. Practicing art puts one in touch with their better self. Arts provide an opportunity for reflection. The arts create opportunities for empathy, collaboration, and accountability. Arts in Prison creates success opportunities for inmates. Success, combined with confidence, grows hope. And with hope, anything becomes possible.