NYS Arts In Correctional
Education Network (NYSACEN)
gatherings and presentations on arts learning at NYS Association
of Incarcerated Education Programs conferences (http://www.nysaiep.org/),
representatives from Island Academy, Rikers Island; Passages
Academy, New York City; the Queens Museum; Office of The
Sheriff, County of Monroe; Rochester City School District's
Youth and Justice Program, and Dale Davis, Executive Director of
The New York State Literary Center, formed the NYS Arts In
Correctional Education Network (NYSACEN). NYSACEN first met
formally in the offices of The New York State Council on The
Arts in the fall of 2006.
came together again in December 2006 at the offices of Pressure
Point Films (http://www.pressurepointfilms.com/thehiphopproject.html)
in New York for a screening of “The Hip Hop Project” with the
film’s star, Chris “Kazi” Rolle.
Rolle at screening of “The Hip Hop Project” for NYSACEN Steering
initial screening, “The Hip Hop Project” was screened at the
Monroe County Jail, Passages
Academy, and Island
Island. Chris “Kazi” Rolle screened the film and led a
discussion following the screening at each site.
In October NYSACEN
was introduced to o a national audience at the Arts In Criminal
Justice conference in Philadelphia. NYSACEN’s session,
“Communicating the Concept of Community Through the Integration
of Arts for Incarcerated Youth.” included examples of student /
inmate writing, visual art, CDs, and DVDs; a discussion of the
effects of arts learning and the benefits to faculty and
students / inmates; an art project as part of an entire course
of instruction; and the benefits of a statewide network. An
exhibition of visual art by student / inmates at Island
Island was curated and hung during the conference by the
Museum as part of NYSACEN’s presentation.
To develop a
support community and a network of resources;
dialogue and collaboration among arts organizations,
artists, and correctional education programs;
artists and arts organizations with the knowledge and
training needed in order to better serve correctional
State Literary Center administers the statewide network.