RESTORATION THROUGH CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Create: New BeginningsTM helps women living in prison explore identity and purpose through art—and create new beginnings inside and outside prison.
Programs focused on artistic expression are rarely found behind prison walls. But what if people living in prison could use creativity as a tool to tap into their past in order to change their future? What if art could turn pain into beauty?
Active in California, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota and New York—and rapidly adding new sites nationwide—Create: New Beginnings, a Prison Fellowship® program of in-prison workshops, invites women to use art to develop a sense of peace, purpose, and identity. Through 10 in-prison workshops, participants explore restorative topics in a faith-based environment of introspection, healing, and community support.
"I have never discussed my abuse much before, but I realize through this art that I have been in this dark place all these years. Doing this art project has helped me to see that I can be in a better place, a brighter place, and that’s what I want to work towards."
- Program Participant, Minnesota
"I recognized that I hold on to a lot of unforgiveness. It was kind of hard, and kind of scary to look at that, but I see that is necessary if I want to be better"
- Program Participant, California