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creative:impact - The Artistic And Rich Humanity Of The Incarcerated

May 21, 2019

Vanessa Mayesky, associate director of the Prison Creative Arts Program (PCAP) at the University of Michigan
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We often talk about how art makes a difference in the quality of our lives.  Imagine if that life was playing out in a prison.  The Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan began exploring that reality nearly three decades ago, and, as WEMU’s David Fair and Deb Polich from the Arts Alliance found out, it is changing lives.  They speak to two of the project's instructors, Vanessa Mayesky and Cozine Welch, Jr., in this week's "creative:impact." 


Deb Polich, President and CEO of the Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

Cozine Welch, Jr., Managing Editor and Co-Instructor of the Prison Creative Arts Program (PCAP) at the University of Michigan
Credit University of Michigan / umich.edu

Resources:

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)

Vanessa Mayeski

PCAP Programs

PCAP Exhibits

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