Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program Opens Annual Shows

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Exhibits at TheaterWorks and Capital Community College showcase art from prison.

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The Prison Arts Program plays a critical role in helping inmates to develop skills for constructive self-expression.

Community Partners in Action (CPA), a nonprofit organization committed to building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system, is pleased to announce the opening of the Prison Arts Program’s 34th Annual Show. This exhibition provides inmates with a constructive and valuable opportunity while incarcerated in Connecticut’s prisons.

Opening at TheaterWorks and Capital Community College on March 23rd and April 3rd, respectively, the Prison Arts Program Annual Show will feature more than 300 original artworks from over 100 artists.

“Inmates work all year towards this exhibition,” said Jeff Greene, Prison Arts Program Manager, Community Partners in Action. “The Annual Show has come to have a unique and important role in the lives of the inmate, their families, prison staff and their families, the arts community and the community as a whole. It is an extraordinary show!"

CPA’s Prison Arts Program promotes accountability, empathy, self-examination and self-esteem through arts classes, exhibitions and publications. The program is offered in all of Connecticut’s correctional facilities and helps inmates develop a work ethic and interpersonal and communication skills that can help in reestablishing themselves in the community after incarceration.

“The Prison Arts Program plays a critical role in helping inmates to develop skills for constructive self-expression,” said Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director, Community Partners in Action. “The Annual Show is a wonderful culmination of the inmates work and we look forward to bringing their voices into the community through art.”

TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street in Hartford, will host the women’s portion of this year’s Annual Show from March 23-May 21 in collaboration with the Judy Dworin Performance Project. The men’s portion of the Annual Show will be showcased at Capital Community College, 950 Main Street in Hartford, from April 3-April 27. Receptions will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 1-3p.m. for the men’s show and 4-7:30p.m. for the women’s show. For more information, visit http://www.cpa-ct.org. On April 5th, a special performance of ‘RED’ will take place at TheaterWorks with proceeds benefitting both Community Partners in Action’s Prison Arts Program and the Judy Dworin Performance Project. To purchase tickets, email nsanchez(at)cpa-ct(dot)org.

About Community Partners in Action
Established in 1875, Community Partners in Action (CPA) is a nonprofit organization committed to building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system. For more than 135 years, CPA has offered a wide range of programs for adolescents and adults, helping clients to develop transferrable skills and work towards a successful re-entry into society. To learn more about Community Partners in Action, visit http://www.cpa-ct.org.

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