Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 A prison arts initiative I just learned about:

THE INSIDE SINGERS follows the Oakdale Community choir, a group of 27 inmates and 27 outside volunteers at a medium security prison in Iowa. The film tells the transformational story of a group of inmates (or Inside Singers), as they heal through music, moving past their crimes and troubled pasts. The film is produced and directed by Dan Kolen, whose perception of prison was changed by the group after seeing his mother sing as a volunteer singer in 2012.

The filmmaker is fundraising on Indiegogo:

The link goes into great detail about the value of such programs and is worth a read, whether or not you want to donate.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Great story about efforts being undertaken to help dads stay connected to their kids, while improving literacy skills and education along the way.