Arlin Buyert

Arlin Buyert was born and raised on an Iowa farm and was formally educated at Macalester College and The University of Minnesota.  Arlin has one chapbook entitled "Where Shadows Take Their Places" and his poems have been published by the Rockhurst Review, The Rusty Truck Press, The Presbyterian Survey and The Sioux Center News. Arlin has two children, one granddaughter, and two step-children and lives with his wife, Kristen Kvam, in Leawood, Kansas.

Old Bethel Church

Kirk Carson
East Hill Singers

Scott Cox
The Living Shakespeare Project

Scott is a Missouri native who began acting professionally at 14. He is an actor, playwright, and director currently serving as Chair of Theatre & Dance at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, before getting his BA in Theatre at Missouri State University. He received his MA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy at UMKC, and is currently writing his doctoral dissertation for the University of Kansas. He spent two seasons touring with The Coterie Theatre's Once Upon a Treasure Trunk and has served as a teaching artist for the organization since 2004. Scott spent three seasons with the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and has played on many stages across the Midwest. He performed in the one-man show Thom Pain (based on nothing), a Relevance Productions show at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, which was selected by The Pitch as "Best Play in Kansas City, 2010." He has developed arts programs and taught theatre for the University of Central Missouri, Starlight Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, reStart Shelter, Benedictine College, and KU.

Barbara Frank
Writers Book Club

Hannah Johnston
Visual Art

Hannah has grown up in Kansas City and graduated with a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in May 2013, with a focus in Fiber, Asian Studies, and Community Arts and Service Learning.

Hannah is teaching a workshop this summer that will address personal narrative of past, present, and future self through “mapping” and writing.  The inmates will use their own personal history, of both geographical and emotional nature, to navigate their place in the world. This will be a multi-media process, combining elements of collage, drawing, painting, sculpting, and writing.

Beth Lucasey

Beth a nurse by profession and has the opportunity to learn from people experiencing change. Change of all kind: birth, death, and everything in between. As far as I can tell, people seem to look for a bit of solace for the soul and to avoid pain. Yoga addresses both those needs and then adds the message - Be Good, Do Good. The Arts in Prison mission strives through the arts to inspire positive change, tolerance and community reconnection. Seemed like a good fit to yoga.

Beth comments, "I recently walked into a crowded yoga class in medium security that included the usual suspects and two new guys. The older man, who had experienced a stroke, sat stiffly on his mat right next to a teenage gang banger with the muscled body of youth. They did not acknowledge each other. By the end of the class each man had given full and equal effort learning new poses. Both fell. A lot. In front of the entire class.  I laughed. They laughed. That’s good yoga."

The Recipe KC: Theodore "Priest" Hughes & Desmond "337" Jones
Creative Writing & Spoken Word Presentation

Theodore “Priest” Hughes and Desmond “3-3-7” Jones, lifetime poets and also ten year veterans in performance poetry, came together and launched in 2005 as a duo poetry team known as The Recipe. “We chose to work in a team format to encourage peoples to work together towards common goals. We believe that by exemplifying excellence and teamwork as spoken word artist/activist we can influence change.”

The Recipe quickly became known for its dramatic heartfelt chemistry during performances. Incorporating multiple artistic mediums to heighten the social conscious message becoming known as Dramatic Art n Rhythm, “We combined props, music and theatrical interpretations with spoken word.” Audience acceptance and appreciation led to winning many local poetry slams, opening doors to do featured performances around the Kansas City area and nationally.

The Recipe has performed for youth programs, fundraisers, class reunions, theaters, arenas, churches, schools, and nightclubs.


Lynsey Becher
Assistant, The Living Shakespeare Project


Dan Dakotas
Visual Art


Cathy Fisher & Tom Smeed
Public Speaking & Debate