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Prison Arts Initiative - The programs we do include theatre and arts workshops, family visit events, and leadership opportunities

Prison Arts Initiative

Our Work

DU PAI provides therapeutic, educational creative arts programming to incarcerated men and women in Colorado state prisons. The initiative started with arts-based workshops that provided both educational and therapeutic benefits to the participants. We've added additional ways to support our participants and provide relevant opportunities and experiences. Check out our programs:

DU PAI Workshop participants practice a theatre exercise. DU PAI involves participants in the leadership group to give them a voice in the program and a chance to practice leadership skills.

Arts-Based Workshop Programs

Group Leadership Program

DU PAI Family Events provide fun, therapeutic art experiences for participants and their visiting family members. The Inside/Out college program will bring DU students to take classes with the prison participants.

Family Events Program

Inside/Out College Course Program

 


"I feel like I have been living in a box and after starting this workshop, I am stepping outside of the box and able to look at my life."

—Denver Women’s Correctional Facility workshop participant

 

We welcome members of the DU community and the Denver arts community to submit proposals for workshops by completing an online application.

Want to support our work? Your financial support of DU PAI will provide therapeutic, educational creative arts programming to incarcerated men and women in Colorado state prisons. Give now

Programs by Facility

Click on the facility title below the map to see the programs at that facility.

Map of DU PAI facility locations

1. Sterling Correctional Facility

12101 Hwy 61
Sterling, CO 80751

Program: Creative Action through Words and Movement
Through creative writing and movement, students explore new pathways of expression and imagination.

2. Colorado Correctional Center (Camp George West)

15445 S. Golden Road
Golden, CO 80401

Program: Family Events
One of DU PAI’s signature events that provides opportunities for family members of incarcerated individuals to connect in new and innovative ways through arts-based workshops.

3. Denver Women’s Correctional Facility

3600 Havana Street 
Denver, CO 80239

Program: Production of A Christmas Carol
Students make up the cast and crew of this holiday classic, which will be performed both in prison for residents, staff and the public, as well as at the Newman Center on the DU Campus.

4. Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center

10900 Smith Road
Denver, CO 80239

Program: Creative Action Through Words and Movement
Through creative writing and movement, students explore new pathways of expression and imagination.

5. Limon Correctional Facility

49030 State Hwy 71 South
Limon, CO 80826

Program: Ensemble Theatre
Through theatre and acting activities, students learn how to create a theatrical space centered around community.

6. Buena Vista Correctional Facility

15125 Highway 24 & 285
Buena Vista, CO 81211

Program: Ensemble Theatre
Through theatre and acting activities, students learn how to create a theatrical space centered around community.

7. Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility

1275 W. US Highway 50
Cañon City, CO 81212

Program: Portable Magic: A Book Discussion Workshop 
Over the course of this workshop, students read novels, articles, non-fiction texts and memoirs and lead thoughtful discussions based on their reflection and reactions to the text.

8. Fremont Correctional Facility

E. US Highway 50 & Evans Road
Cañon City, CO 81215

Program: Improvisation Lab 
Students learn improvisation techniques based in acting, singing, movement and writing songs and use these techniques to create characters onstage.

9. Four Mile Correctional Facility

E. US Highway 50 & Evans Road
Cañon City, CO 81212

Program: Portable Magic: A Book Discussion Workshop 
Over the course of this workshop, students read novels, articles, non-fiction texts and memoirs and lead thoughtful discussions based on their reflection and reactions to the text.

10. La Vista Correctional Facility

1401 W. 17th Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

Program: Writing the Breath
Students are introduced to creative writing practices and mindful breathing exercises to facilitate shared awareness, expression and understanding.