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Story Publication logo December 22, 2016

Brazil: Taking Arts Behind Bars

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A prisoner at the Evarisio se Moraes Prison Complex in Rio de Janiero
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What happens when you send 20 University of Michigan students into Brazilian prisons to facilitate...

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Men in the Evarisio se Moraes watch a theater performance during one of the fine arts workshops. Image by Levi Stroud. Brazil, 2016.

Since 1990, students from the University of Michigan have been facilitating fine arts workshops in local men's and women's prisons. From theater to creative writing, incarcerated men, women, and youth are able to engage in workshops within their facilities. In 2016, these students took to a global stage, exploring prison arts in Brazil. For one month, students explored Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they entered into prison complexes, leading and participating in theater workshops. In a time of political struggle and preparation for the Olympics, both facilitators and participants were able to use art as a form of expression and rehabilitation.

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