The arts program is not always available. I’m not sure if this is a funding issue, a lack of volunteers issue or maybe both. When it is available it is used to help an inmate to be able to express himself. Basic art techniques are taught in a hands on fashion. The class also does an excellent job of helping an individual discover pride in a positive ability. It helps them to feel and see their own self-worth. Inmates can exhibit their work, be involved in community related projects and can even get a commission for their art.
Inmates wishing to sign up for the art classes must fill out a Human Services Request Form (Appendix F). The forms are available in the Living Unit. Classes are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.