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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS)

Participants work on a theatre exercise together as part of Prison Arts Initiative's arts-based therapeutic and educational workshops.

Prison Arts Initiative

On-going Arts-Based, Educational and Therapeutic Workshop Program

DU PAI workshops provide high-quality therapeutic arts instruction in facilities across Colorado. Participants are empowered through workshops that focus on topics such as playwriting, ensemble theatre, arts and spirituality, and more. 

DU PAI currently puts on workshops ranging from six to 40 sessions at 10 facilities within the Colorado Department of Corrections: Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, Denver Women's Correctional Facility, Sterling Correctional Facility, Limon Correctional Facility, Buena Vista Correctional Facility, Four Mile Correctional Facility, Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, Fremont Correctional Facility, La Vista Correctional Facility and Colorado Correctional Center. For more information view the schedules below.

Fall 2019
  • Sterling Correctional Facility, Creating Action through Words and Movement 
  • Limon Correctional Facility, Ensemble Theatre
  • Denver Women's Correctional Facility, Production of A Christmas Carol 
  • Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, Creating Action Through Words and Movement 
  • La Vista Correctional Facility, Writing the Breath
  • Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, Ensemble Theatre 
  • Four Mile Correctional Facility, Portable Magic: A Book Discussion Workshop 
  • Fremont Correctional Facility, Improvisation Lab
  • Colorado Correctional Center (Camp George West), Family Events led by various DU PAI Staff
  • Buena Vista Correctional Facility, Ensemble Theatre 
Winter 2020
  • Sterling Correctional Facility, Verbatim Play Production, Arts Pod development 
  • Limon Correctional Facility, play production of Antigone
  • Denver Women's Correctional Facility, Let the Lit Move you (dance and literature)
  • Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, Scene Study and Play Writing 
  • La Vista Correctional Facility, Theatre Ensemble 
  • Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, Portable Magic Book Discussion Group 
  • Four Mile Correctional Facility, Theatre ensemble 
  • Fremont Correctional Facility, Writing the Breath; play production of Jesus Christ Superstar 
  • Colorado Correctional Center (Camp George West), Family Events led by various DU PAI Staff
Past Workshops

Summer/Fall 2018

  • Denver Women's: Ensemble Theatre (12 sessions) 

Winter/Spring 2018

  • DRDC: Playwriting Workshop (12 sessions) 

Winter - Summer 2019

  • Sterling: Ensemble Theatre Workshop (15 sessions) 
  • Denver Women's: Arts and Spirituality Workshop (12 sessions) 
  • CCC: Creative Writing Workshop (6 sessions) 
  • Sterling: Play Production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (40 sessions) 
  • Sterling: The History of Photography Workshop (8 sessions) 
  • Denver Women's: Short Play Workshop (12 sessions) 
  • DRDC: Movement and Creative Writing (12 sessions)
  • CCC: Re-Entry through Theatre (6 sessions) 
  • Denver Women's: Play Production of Play A Christmas Carol (40 sessions)
  • Sterling: Podcast Workshop (On-Going) 
  • DRDC: Theatre Devising Workshop (12 Sessions) 
  • CCC: Non-Fiction Writing (12 Sessions) 


“This (DU PAI) workshop opened me up to realize how much I have changed through my incarceration. I’ve realized that I locked up the best parts of me years ago. I’ve been in a prison, while in prison. This class has helped release the best part of me and I hope to share that with the world.”

—DU PAI Incarcerated Student