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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 DRDC, Denver Women's Sterling and CCC. For more information view the schedules below.

Winter 2018/2019
  • Sterling: Ensemble Theatre Workshop (15 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Denver Women's: Arts and Spirituality Workshop (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Stephen Hammoor
  • CCC: Creative Writing Workshop (6 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
Spring 2019
  • Sterling: Play Production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (40 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Sterling: The History of Photography Workshop (8 sessions) taught by Roddy MacInnes, MFA
  • Denver Women's: Short Play Workshop (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Stephen Hammoor
  • DRDC: Movement and Creative Writing (12 sessions) taught by Julie Rada, MFA
  • CCC: Re-Entry through Theatre (6 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
Summer 2019
  • Denver Women's: Play Production of Play A Christmas Carol (40 sessions) – Dr. Stephen Hammoor
  • Sterling: Podcast Workshop (On-Going) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • DRDC: Theatre Devising Workshop (12 Sessions) taught by Julie Rada, MFA
  • CCC: Non-Fiction Writing (12 Sessions) taught by Dr. Elizabeth Catchings
Past Workshops

Summer/Fall 2018

  • Denver Women's: Ensemble Theatre (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton

Winter/Spring 2018

  • DRDC: Playwriting Workshop (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton

 

“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