The Art in Prisons: Clean Break talk has lingered in my thoughts throughout the day. I went in expecting to hear about how the program has affected the lives of woman in danger of committing criminal offences, and yes, that was discussed. But what struck me more was the work of the actual women. We were shown trailers of theatre productions written by woman who took part in the program. To see just how the program helped the women to create such visual pieces was truly inspiring, and really showed how it helped woman at risk of committing a criminal offence.
One of the speakers was a woman who had been a part of the program. She spoke about how it had enabled her to pick up her life and start university and then move on to obtain a Master’s degree. To see the positive effect the Clean Break program had on a woman who was actually there and able to talk about how it had helped change her life was a honest and heartening experience.
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