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Opening Reception: "40 Years of the CPA Prison Arts Program"

Friday, March 15, 2019
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Downtown Hartford
Hartford Public Library, ArtWalk, 3rd Floor

As part of the "States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories" project, UConn will be displaying "Digging Deep into the Carceral Past: What should tourists learn at a historic prison?". This exhibit will be displayed at the Hartford Public Library, with an opening reception, titled "40 Years of the CPA Prison Arts Program," on March 15th.

"40 years of the CPA Prison Arts Program" is comprised of drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, documents, and artifacts from the Community Partners in Action's permanent collection that vividly illustrate the work and history of this important project. For the past four decades, the Prison Arts Program has advocated for art and artists in prison, organized in-prison workshops and an annual show open to anyone incarcerated in Connecticut, maintained a traveling permanent collection, published and distributed a journal of art and writing, and collaborated with other organizations, agencies, and individuals. The program works to positively and constructively change the prison environment while encouraging empathy, self discipline, work ethic, self esteem, technical and communication skill development, thoughtfulness, critical thinking, and calm.

For more information, please see:


Professor Micki McElya,

History Department (primary), Humanities Institute, UConn Master Calendar

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