“Art Behind Bars” exhibit to open in Alamosa


Prisoners have always faced difficulties when re-entering society. Prison art programs throughout the United States have proven to increase inmates’ self-esteem, positive attitude, and general skills. Some studies suggest that such programs can reduce the rate of prior inmates turning back to crime and returning to prison once more.

“Art Behind Bars” is one such program, developed by ASU Community Partnerships, Alamosa Sheriff’s Office and the San Luis Valley Museum. The program was sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries. Local artist and instructor, Randy Pijoan, conducted weekly art classes at Alamosa Sheriff’s Detention Center, for the past ten weeks.

In these classes, the inmates learn to create art using a wide variety of techniques in a multitude of mediums. Through this instruction, inmates gained a greater appreciate for art and the impact of developing a skill through problem solving, practice and discipline.

The Art Behind Bars program will be displaying the inmates’ artwork in an exhibit at the San Luis Valley Museum throughout the month of July, 2012. This exhibit will be open to the public during the museum’s normal hours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. A reception for this exhibit will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the SLV Museum, located at 401 Hunt Ave. in Alamosa, Colorado.

For more information contact ASU Community Partnerships at 719 587-8209.