Our mission is to use the practice of creating visual art as a catalyst for positive transformation
and in this process patient application and vivid imagination prompts the imprisoned mind to be thoughtful, self-reflective, and to discover a means of self-expression other than crime.
– FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM –
By bringing the arts to institutionalized individuals the belief is that participation in the artistic process significantly affects a person’s self-esteem and general outlook on the world. The arts are a vital tool in aiding inmates to use their sentenced time constructively by rousing them to develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, and interpersonal and communication skills while examining their lives and actions which led to their incarceration. The classes are uniquely designed to help alleviate depressive symptoms, heighten focus and concentration, as well as aid in problem solving and self discipline techniques
WHY IS THIS PROGRAM IMPORTANT TO SOCIETY, COMMUNITY, AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL?
County jails for the most part have no arts or therapy programs in place that teach skills or enhance a person’s viewpoints on life. Without even small interventions to possibly transform a positive outlook how can one be expected to change? Recidivism or the revolving door issue is especially prevalent for those afflicted with drug addiction, which many participants of this program are. It should be obvious that a person who ends up in a county correctional facility have serious issues that need to be addressed before more harm to them or others take place. Typically, an inmate’s current way of thinking and living sets them up for failure and more dangers when nothing is addressed while incarcerated.
– THIS CAN BE ANY ONE INCLUDING YOU –
The inspiration for this program is based on the value of providing the incarcerated an alternative and meaningful way to express themselves in a nonverbal, nonjudgmental atmosphere. The work that Brush With the Law does promotes understanding of the incarcerated population that are often overlooked and, therefore, misunderstood by society.