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.


Mary Cohen said...

Thanks, Eleanor for posting this link.
If anyone has any questions or ideas about musical communities in prisons, please contact me. I have been researching this area since 2003, and am completing a book about music in prisons now. I am also creating a network of others who lead music-making in prisons. This November I will be leading a panel of US researchers who lead vocal singing programs in US prisons at the 6th Annual Higher Ed in Prisons Conference in Nashville. Feel free to contact me at mary-cohen@uiowa.edu or my gmail address.

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