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Prison Arts & Education Program


The Prison Arts and Education Program (PAEP) provides intellectually stimulating educational experiences for incarcerated persons, prison staff, and community members that foster human connection, an appreciation for the arts, and resources for positive self-expression and personal growth. PAEP events enable incarcerated people and prison staff to engage in open dialogue with a diversity of professionals practicing their trade in academia or the community. These activities provide resources for self-education, self-expression, and positive engagement with community.

The Inside Out Speaker Series bring a series of talks, readings, and programs attended by members of the ERDCC community and SLU faculty, staff and students. Past speakers and performances have included performances by the SLU Theater Company, the Chamber Music Society of Saint Louis, poetry readings, discussions of prisons in Australia and Palestine, and debates.

PAEP offers a series of Workshops throughout the academic year. Workshops provide an opportunity for participants to work in small groups with faculty or community members on arts and humanities-based projects, including drawing, publication, art curation, and literature.

Jonathan Sawday, PhD, discusses William Blake as part of the Inside Out Speaker Series


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