Poster Title (Current Submission)

Women in Exile: Self-Perception and Arts Education in Correctional Facilities

Major(s)

English

Mentor Name

Rachel Williams

Other Mentor Department

Art Education

Abstract

This poster highlights research results obtained through writing and arts workshops I have facilitated at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa with Assistant Professor of Art Education, Rachel Williams. Working with the genres of memoir and painting as primary mediums of expression, I spent twelve weeks with a class of women exploring issues of identity, reflection, and self-perception through writing prompts and portrait painting. My research highlights the beneficial effects of providing a safe and healthy outlet for expression in a non-therapeutic environment that generally discourages creativity.

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Women in Exile: Self-Perception and Arts Education in Correctional Facilities

This poster highlights research results obtained through writing and arts workshops I have facilitated at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa with Assistant Professor of Art Education, Rachel Williams. Working with the genres of memoir and painting as primary mediums of expression, I spent twelve weeks with a class of women exploring issues of identity, reflection, and self-perception through writing prompts and portrait painting. My research highlights the beneficial effects of providing a safe and healthy outlet for expression in a non-therapeutic environment that generally discourages creativity.