Coming Together through Art
DU PAI collaborates with Sterling Correctional Facility, Limon Correctional Facility and the Denver Complex to connect families in innovative ways. Arts-based activities in theatre, fine art and crafting allow incarcerated participants and their families to grow together creatively. Most events center around an illustrated book capturing a main theme. The events help children maintain a connection to their family member inside.
Denver Women's Family Event Participant
My family hasn't visited me in over two years because of how normal visiting feels. And, today I wasn't Denise the prisoner. Today I was Denise the mom, Denise the daughter.
Families connect to one another using written, visual and performed arts as vehicles for growth and exploration. Past events include:
- The Bad Seed, written by Jory John, illustrations by Pete Oswald:
Families collaborated to create a massive garden mural, crafted beautiful paper flowers and wrote hopes as seeds for the future.
- Where the Wild Things Are, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak:
Family members were crowned rulers of their own islands with handmade crowns and created maps of islands that held their wildest dreams.
- Olivia, written and illustrated by Ian Falconer:
Families created their own pig puppets, shared secret talents and danced together in a wild dance party.
- The Sneetches, written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss:
Families created a giant machine mural, crafted water-color creatures, interviewed each other about what makes them special and wrote notes of appreciation for each other.