Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project is a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars with men at Stateville Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures. Classes offered include subjects in poetry, visual arts, film study, history, and more. Each course results in finished projects—visual art, creative writing or scholarly works—with specific audiences/neighborhoods in mind. These works are exhibited and read in neighborhood galleries and cultural centers. Over the course of an academic semester, artists and scholars on the inside and outside, together, address key questions:
What can we learn from each other?
Who are our audiences?
What materials and methods best relate our concerns?
What can we say from inside a maximum security prison?