NEW: Dance to Be Free at Pocatello!Idaho Prison Arts Collective and Dance to Be Free have collaborated to create the first peer-led dance program in Idaho. Drawing from DtBF’s amazing repertoire (available to residents on DVDs) of expressive choreography, resident women at Pocatello are now running their own regular dance classes.
Painting at SICI  Students have the opportunity to follow their creative vision, and use a variety of media as they how to paint and draw self-portraits. Rather than approaching art from a realist standpoint, which can be intimidating and frustrating, instructor Jessie Nilo uses an abstract expressionist approach in the spirit of Picasso.
Mindfulness at SICI  What does it mean to be “grounded” and calm, even in the face of stressful situations? There is a potential in each of us for self-acceptance, but how can you approach it in a practical way? In this class with Cyndi Miracle, prison residents explore a variety of techniques and practices of mindfulness.
Writing at ISCI  Rather than approach writing by studying technique, instructor Michael Richardson helps students first uncover their creative and artistic imperatives. Once a person’s mission clear as an artist and thinker writing techniques come more naturally. Students explore non-fiction, personal storytelling, poetry, journalism, fiction, and more.
MORE TO COME! If you are an experienced artist or arts teacher, and you want to volunteer, get in touch! Learn about the other programs around the country that are inspiring us!