The Art of Life through the Life of Art - Behind the Walls Exhibition (3 - 9 June 2019)
The project “The Art of Life through the Life of Art” by the United Professionals for Sustainable Development Association uses artistic activities to develop the practical skills of prisoners at Plovdiv Prison. The programme in 2018 and 2019 includes a combination of different types of applied and fine arts, creative writing and theater sessions.
The goal is to improve participants' opportunities for social inclusion, reintegration and employment upon their release. Our ambition is to recognize, appreciate and validate the skills gained through art and theater by using an assessment system. The project aims to overcome the stereotype with regard to prisoners and to improve the capabilities of the prisoners involved in the project, social inclusion and participation in social and cultural life.
An Exhibition titled Behind the Walls will be held from 3rd to 9th of June 2019 with the works of the prisoners.
Exhibition Behind the Walls (3 - 9 June 2019)
When: Opening on 3 June at 6 pm
Where: TrakArt Cultural Center (Archeological Underpass), Opening Hours: daily, 9 am – 7 pm.
Facebook event here.
This project is based on the study and monitoring of rehabilitation programs in penitentiary institutions in Bulgaria, EU countries (Belgium, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus) and Turkey, which report positive results and a high rate of rehabilitation of prisoners through their participation in artistic activities and theater.
Research shows that in the creative way, a person can gain new experience and knowledge and often find constructive solutions to their own problems, especially when this process is structured. Not surprisingly, art with all its manifestations is used as a powerful therapeutic and training tool. The art classes are suitable for people of different ages and socio-economic backgrounds, including people with disabilities, intellectual and mental challenges, addictions and other marginalized groups and disadvantaged people. Via art it is possible to overcome several barriers (for example, the language barrier and literacy level), so the modules are titled: Our Boundries for Art.
More about the United Professionals for Sustainable Development Association here.