From Jails to Jobs
On March 31, 2017 Mayor de Blasio announced Rikers will close. Over the next 10 years, funding will go to rebuilding lives not prisons. This is a historical moment for NYC and the criminal justice system.
“Everyone deserves a second chance. We’re working to break the cycle of returning to jail for those in City custody by making sure they have opportunities to learn and grow while in jail, and connecting them with the re-entry services to support a pathway to stability when they leave,” Mayor Bill de Blasio.
[REFRAME] is a contemporary artworld program serving the inmate population at Rikers Island Correctional Facility followed by an art jobs training program post-incarceration. Created by Lydia Kutko Art Consulting, [REFRAME] is a first of its kind program to be implemented by the New York City Government Department of Corrections.
Each course featured content from the following program themes:
Focus on the artistic practice as a tool to engage with adversity in a positive way. How are contemporary artists responding to social, economic, political and religious issues? How are those issues the same or different than inmates’?
Dive into various artistic styles and methods. Inmates will view slideshow examples of art made throughout the boroughs. They will learn how to analyze a work of art by looking at color, line, shape, material, light, and subject. Each inmate will be asked to select a work of art to analyze and present their discoveries to the group.
We invite art professionals from various fields to discuss their career and what challenges and triumphs they’ve encountered. This presents opportunities for inmates to learn about art jobs that may be available to them.