RESEARCH ON ARTS-IN-CORRECTIONS
A substantial body of research shows that arts education in prison has a dramatic positive impact on participants’ quality of life. With remarkable consistency, the dozens of academic studies completed on this subject show that arts-in-corrections programs have significant rehabilitative benefits, as well.
For the Literary Community
Incarcerated writers are grossly underrepresented in today’s mainstream literature and literary community. Their work is often overlooked and marginalized, despite the fact that our prisons are filled with talented writers making urgent art.
We've put together a selection of resources on how members of the literary community might better serve, integrate, and amplify the voices of incarcerated writers.
"An MPWW class can give you an outlet. It can give you a break from the super special stupid of the daily madness. It can give you the agency of art. It can help you discover your voice, maybe for the first time."
Student, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
FOR THOSE TRYING TO DO SIMILAR WORK ELSEWHERE
MPWW is often approached by people who want to teach in prison or create their own programs. If you're interested in doing similar work elsewhere, we'd love to share our knowledge and experience with you. We've put together a list of questions we're commonly asked.