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Prison Arts Outreach

Volunteers to bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Persons

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The Prison Arts Outreach program is an opportunity for BC students to share their artistic gifts and talents with incarcerated persons. Whether you’re into sketch comedy, hip hop dancing, or just jamming out on your guitar, Prison Arts Outreach offers a way to share your artistic passion in a meaningful way. As part of the program you’ll meet regularly with BC men and women on campus to develop fun and creative workshops for people in local prisons. During this year long program you’ll travel to the prisons as a group to provide incarcerated persons with an interactive experience in art, dancing, music, and the dramatic arts.

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Volunteers

Any student, undergraduate or graduate, faculty or staff may apply to be a volunteer. They must be willing to lead or help facilitate workshops in any of the areas of theatre, dance, music, art or creative writing. Volunteers must commit to the following activities:

  • Attend the one day educational retreat mid-September.
  • Help organize the themes of each of the workshops. For example, one workshop might focus on teaching step dancing while another may be working on theatre, acting out scenes, or voice lessons.
  • Attend the orientation at the prison where you will be volunteering. 
  • Participate in at least one workshop each semester (one day a week for three weeks. Dates and time vary with each facility.)
  • Adhere to the dress codes at the prison facility.  Click here for the dress code.
  • Attend the retreat and reflection at the end of the academic year.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the information on this application form and submit form when completed by August 31st. Student volunteers will be chosen through an interview process in early September.

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Orientation

Prison volunteer orientation is necessary to acheive approval for your repeated entrance into the prison facility. It takes about 2 hours, plus travel time. You will be informed well in advance of orientation times and given a form to fill out. You must attend. No exceptions. 

There is also a link to the orientation handbook here.

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Workshops

The Prison Arts Outreach provides access to sustained and quality educational experiences in all the arts to contribute to the positive development of incarcerated persons. Volunteers will plan the topics of the workshops at the retreats in the beginning and end of the year and sign up for participation in a specific workshop. Workshops will be 3 weeks long, one day per week.   Current workshops will be held either on Tuesday evenings or Sunday afternoons. Transportation is provided.

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Got questions? We'd love to hear from you. Contact the Arts and Social Responsibility Project at asrp@bc.edu.