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Dear Friend,

Arts in Prison envisions a society improved through the power of creativity and compassion.  We see the incarcerated inspired to make positive changes in themselves; we see those leaving prison as less likely to return to crime and prison; we see former inmates able to lead full lives as family members, employees and members of their community.  Can you help by supporting our vision?

In 2012 Arts in Prison volunteer instructors provided 262 classroom experiences for inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility.  AiP sponsors 3 inmate organizations, supporting their programs and events.  The East Hill Singers performed 4 concerts in Prairie Village, Leawood and Lawrence, entertaining audiences totaling 1,700.  Our Living Shakespeare class presented Macbeth to two full houses inside of the facility.  AiP is a participating group in the Kansas Department of Corrections’ Mentoring 4 Success program.  As part of Mentoring 4 Success our volunteers provide one-on-one coaching and group coaching both inside and outside the prison.  It has been a busy year and we are blessed too have over 100 volunteers supporting our mission and programs with their time and talent.
              
“I have been in prison for 10 years, and for 7 years, no one visited me.”
I sat recently with a group of East Hill Singers after a concert.  “You know Leigh,” Tom said, “I have been in prison for ten years, and for the first seven, my family never visited me.  Then, two years ago my sister came to see me sing in a concert.  She brought my older sister with her to the next concert.  Then my mother came.  She would never visit me at the prison.  Now, my sisters, my mother, nieces and nephews all come to see me at concerts and many of them visit me regularly at the prison.  Without this program, I wouldn’t have any of that.”  

There are many stories just like this.  Tom’s story is just one example of the way the AiP helps to create opportunities for successful reentry after incarceration.  In fact, the 3-year recidivism rate for former East Hill Singers is 18%.  For comparison, the Kansas Department of Corrections’ 3-year recidivism rate is 32%. 
  
We are asking for your financial support to fund our continued success in helping inmates make positive changes, reducing recidivism and reconnecting ex-offenders to their communities.  Supporters donating $100 or more will receive a CD of our recent concert in the acoustically beautiful First United Methodist Church in Lawrence as a special thank you.
 
All donations are important and very much appreciated. 
  
Thank you for all of the ways that you have supported Arts in Prison in the past, and thank you in advance for your support at this time.     


Sincerely,


Leigh A. Lynch                                                                     
Executive Director  

Marcy Konkader
President, Board of Directors