ARTS IN CORRECTIONS NETWORK: Fresh from Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019 the evening before, recipients, Corrections guests and other network members gathered at Toi Poneke in Wellington on Thursday 12 September.
Regional Arts in Corrections networks
The prisons are located in four regions and Arts Access Aotearoa has established networks within three of these regions. The networks include Corrections staff and volunteers, Community Corrections staff, artists and writers, academics, and people in the wider community interested in arts and social justice.
For more information about the location of the prisons, regional offices, special treatment units and Community Corrections offices, visit the Department of Corrections website.
Chris Ulutupu is the Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa. He works Monday to Wednesday. For information, advice and opportunities, please contact Chris (T: 04 802 4349 E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Network meeting in Christchurch
An Arts in Corrections Network meeting in Christchurch, facilitated by Arts Access Aotearoa, will be held on Monday 2 December at Ara Institute of Canterbury. This is a chance for people involved in the Arts in Corrections sector to discuss and workshop ideas around best practice and facilitation. Artists and theatre makers from the community are also invited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Arts in Corrections Advisor Chris Ulutupu (email@example.com). For more info about the Arts in Corrections South Island Network
Why the arts shouldn’t just be a luxury in prison
"International evidence is crystal clear on the impact of the arts in prisons and youth justice settings," writes Professor Peter O'Connor in a blog about Arts in Corrections and the impact of the Arts in Corrections Network. "Recidivism rates drop, violent incidents in prisons decrease and many prisoners learn skills that transfer well in their transition back into the outside world. And the arts are comparatively cheap for all they can achieve." Read more
The Arts in Corrections Lower North Island Network meeting, held in Wellington in April 2018, featured a presentation by Sylvie Frigon, Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, who was on sabbatical at the University of Victoria in Wellington as a visiting scholar in its Institute of Criminology. Read more
With the Arts in Corrections Network well-established, Jacqui Moyes is calling for network members to make their names and contact details available for publication under the relevant network. Read Networking about Arts in Corrections