Pat Graney Company is Keeping the Faith, producing its 15th Prison Project in June. This three-month arts residency program’s goal is to enable incarcerated women and girls to have transformative artistic experiences that include a performance for fellow inmates and members of the community.
Here’s more information, cribbed directly from the Pat Graney Company’s press release:
The Pat Graney Company presents
Keeping the Faith – the Prison Project
Date: Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6
Location: Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women, Belfair, WA, a 20-minute drive from the Bremerton Ferry.
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:20 pm
The Pat Graney Company has conducted this 3 month program of movement, writing & visual art workshops for the past 15 years in Washington State.
The participating women will perform their own movement and writing for other inmates as well as for over 200 members of the general public from the outside community. This is the first time that former KTF program participants have been allowed inside the prison after their release. This new leadership role for ex-offenders is a direct result of the new KTF-Transitions program, serving female ex-offenders in Washington State.
To attend this performance, please contact Shan Pena, Project Coordinator, at 206-329-3705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All audience members must be cleared for entrance to the facility. The deadline for the sign up is Friday, May 15th, 5pm. SEATING IS LIMITED.
More About the Program
Keeping the Faith – the Prison Project is an arts residency program of the Pat Graney Company. It is designed to enable incarcerated women and girls to have transformative artistic experiences. Each year, the program culminates in a performance in which the participating women perform for other inmates as well as for two hundred visitors from the outside community. The Artist team of Keeping the Faith 2009 is composed of Pat Graney (director/choreographer), Michele de la Vega, Visual Artist, Emma Klein, movement intern, Shannon Pena, Project Coordinator & past participant, Talee Coulter, intern, Elizabeth Hernandez, intern, past participant, Honey-Jo Herman, intern, past participant, and Sara Jinks, intern, Company performing artist. This is the first time that program participants from former KTF programs have been allowed inside the prison. This new leadership role for ex-offenders is a direct result of the new KTF-Transitions program, serving female ex-offenders in Washington State.
In 2000, the Pat Graney Company instituted National Model of Keeping the Faith, which has expanded the Washington-based residency of Keeping the Faith – the Prison Project to reach incarcerated women nationally and internationally.