Delaware Prison Arts Program
The Delaware Prison Arts Program brings art, music, dance, speakers and cultural classes into the state’s correctional institutions and facilities. Study of the Arts teaches literacy, geography, civics, interpersonal relationships and cultural awareness. This enables art students to bring about unity from diversity within their incarceration period and provide them with a new look and appreciation of the outside community when they are released. Art education boosts inmates’ literacy skills and sense of self worth. The study of arts and culture by prison inmates has been proven to teach discipline as well as creativity; helping them to get and keep jobs on the outside. The arts help build the self esteem inmates need in order to become successful members of society. Approximately 1,000 adult offenders participate in the DE Prison Arts Program.
CONTACT: Ms. Carmita Kelley | Carmita.Kelley@state.de.us