Prison Education Program Receives Missouri Humanities Council Grant
The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $9,600 to the Saint Louis
University Prison Education Program in support of the project, “Representations of
Incarceration Through the Arts.”
The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities
education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National
Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.
The Saint Louis University Prison Education Program is a Jesuit-inspired initiative
that provides access to liberal arts educational opportunities for incarcerated people
and prison staff in the greater St. Louis region. It has offered for-credit and noncredit
higher education and arts programming in the region since 2008.
Speakers and discussions in the 2018-19 Inside Out Speaker Series will explore the
theme of “prison in the arts,” providing a space for incarcerated people and invited
speakers to engage in dialogue about how prison and people incarcerated are represented
in public through an examination of the arts. Through discussions of music history,
film, drama, literature, and new media, speakers and participants will explore the
diverse ways in which prison life has been a source and subject for compelling art.
These events will take place at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional
Center (ERDCC) in Bonne Terre, Mo.
For more information about the grants program of the Missouri Humanities Council,
call 314-781-9660 or 800-357-0909, or write to the MHC, 415 S. 18th Street, Suite.
100, St. Louis, MO 63103.
For more information about the SLU Prison Education Program, please contact program
manager Julie O’Heir at firstname.lastname@example.org.