Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA)

Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA)
 
The Impact of Art Behind Prison Walls

5/11/2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm

National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue
Cost: $20 members$25 non-members

Brown University has long instilled in its students a strong commitment to social change.  In keeping with that tradition, the Brown Club in New York is proud to showcase the highly acclaimed Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) program. 

Prison reform is a hot topic these days, making headlines daily.  The public outcry for the closing of scandal ridden Rikers Island, bi-partisan support for the overhaul of sentencing, and Governor Cuomo's decision to pardon thousands of youthful offenders are among the attention-grabbing headlines.
 
Learn how Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) is changing lives behind prison walls and beyond.  RTA, founded in Sing Sing twenty-four years ago, currently works in five New York State prisons using theatre, dance, creative writing, music and visual art to build character and develop social and cognitive skills that prisoners need to re-enter society. Moreover, the program’s dramatically low recidivism rate for its participants is testament to its success.

Hear about the amazing men and women in the program, see excerpts from performances in two maximum security prisons and meet the inspiring founder, Katherine Vockins, and some of the program’s alumni, including Jabbar Collins, whose fascinating journey through prison and beyond is detailed in this New York Times article
 
Special thank you to Allison Chernow '80 who serves on the board of RTA for organizing this event.
 
For additional info, contact kwame@alumni.brown.edu.