Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rehabilitation Through The Arts Helps Teach Life Skills To Prisoners -

Click here for the TV news story

                 Frank Delila of NY1 interviews RTA member before "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Katherine Vockins, RTA Founder:  "Our mission is to use the arts to transform the way people think and feel inside prison, so they are prepared to be better citizens on the inside, and also to come home, and be better citizens at home."

Aside from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the program has also produced August Wilson's Jitney, and Two Trains Running.

Vockins:  "New York State's population in prison is roughly 88% people of color:  35% Latino, 50% African American.  So using a playwright, and using stories about situations that deal with marginalized or minority people, is one of our goals. And also using plays that have some kind of transformative nature to it,where they can show cause and effect, where they show change, or reasons to change."

Click here to go to Rehabilitation Through the Arts website

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