AUBURN – “Art on the Inside,” an exhibition of 31 drawings and photographs by students of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, is on display at Auburn University’s Biggin Gallery through July 27. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The exhibition is presented by Auburn’s Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Psychology’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project.
The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project evolved from the vision of a dedicated group of artists, writers and scholars who believe that knowledge and creative development can be life changing.
AUBURN – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded one of its two national Chairman’s Extraordinary Action Awards to Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. The $12,000 award will support a pilot project to assist the NEA in developing their Big Read program for correctional facilities.
“The Big Read is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities,” said Kyes Stevens, founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. “For this project, APAEP will work with NEA personnel to enhance the program for the prison setting.”
AUBURN – The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, an outreach program in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, has received a grant of $14, 000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to teach art, photography and creative writing in Alabama’s prisons.
Project director Kyes Stevens said the grant will support additional educational programs and materials in correctional facilities and will fund a pilot project with Space One Eleven, a non-profit community arts organization in Birmingham, to offer studio instruction for both previous participants and those now participating in community corrections in Birmingham.