Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA)

Rehabilitation through the arts was founded at Sing Sing prison in 1996. The program currently operates in five prisons in NY including, Sing Sing, Fishskill, Woodbourne, Green Haven & Bedford Hills. The program itself is not a treatment program but instead a series of workshops that inmates can volunteer to be a part of. Some examples of various programs offered through RTA would be: theatre, dance, creative writing, film & a program specifically for women offenders and the arts.

Through these workshops it is believed that there is an increase in self confidence and self esteem among the programs participants. RTA claims that this helps facilitate the development of empathy and expression of emotions in a creative way which is thought to encourage additional involvement and pro-social behavior (i.e.- education).

 

References

RTA Website 

Clements, P. (2004). The Rehabilitative Role of Arts Education in Prison: Accommodation or Enlightenment?. International Journal Of Art & Design Education23(2), 169-178.

Halperin,R., Kessler,S & Braunschweiger, D. (2012). Rehabilitation Through the Arts: Impact on Participants Engagement in Educational Programs. Journal of Correctional Education, 63,6-23. 

OKHAKHU, M., & EVAWOMA-ENUKU, U. (2011). ENHANCING CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION THROUGH COMMUNITY THEATRE: THE BENIN PRISON EXPERIENCE. Education131(3), 525-532.