Prison Arts Program (PAP)

The Prison Arts Project, begun in 2001, offers instruction in the arts to inmates at HCF. Courses include music, drama, creative writing, book discussion groups and visual arts. These programs offer inmates a creative outlet for self-expression to help rebuild self-esteem and promote a sense of connection with the community.

Three Main Focuses

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Visual Arts

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Performing Arts

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Writing

Visual Arts

Recently OVM Prison Arts partnered with Youthville’s Expressive Arts Center and the Schowalter Foundation to provide visual art classes for inmates at HCF. Works from these classes have resulted in a traveling exhibit of inmate art.

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prison arts visual

Visual Arts

Recently OVM Prison Arts partnered with Youthville’s Expressive Arts Center and the Schowalter Foundation to provide visual art classes for inmates at HCF. Works from these classes have resulted in a traveling exhibit of inmate art.

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Performing Arts – Drama

For over a decade we have been working with the male inmate population at HCF to provide opportunities for creative expression and reflection. Through OVM, volunteers are able to receive training, develop, and lead arts programs inside the maximum, medium, and minimum security facilities at HCF.

Creative Writing and Poetry

For over a decade we have been working with the male inmate population at HCF to provide opportunities for creative expression and reflection. If you have interest in teaching an arts-related class or workshop, we can organize it to fit your schedule. Please contact us for more information.

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inmate visual art

Creative Writing and Poetry

For over a decade we have been working with the male inmate population at HCF to provide opportunities for creative expression and reflection. If you have interest in teaching an arts-related class or workshop, we can organize it to fit your schedule. Please contact us for more information.

Through OVM, volunteers are able to receive training, develop, and lead arts programs inside the maximum, medium, and minimum security facilities at HCF. If you are interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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“The only true prison is man’s mind. If you chop away all of his
bridges to the outside world, let him see only what you wish him to see, let him feel only what you wish him to feel, then you have truly imprisoned him.”

Dan Pendleton

“Being able to be free in my art is peaceful and an experience I am thankful for. . . The crime I committed is not going to change, but I can change, and that is a start.”

One Inmate's Reflection

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What else can I learn about OVM?

OVM is an interdenominational, church-based agency that emphasizes justice, accountability, caring and reconciliation. Our offices are located in Newton, Kansas and we serve the greater community, including inmates at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF).

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Offender / Victim Ministries (OVM) provides programs that promote individual and social health, by supporting victims, mentoring offenders and educating the community. Community members have found enrichment and feelings of achievement while participating in our programs.

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Our Mission is plain and simple to address the needs of offenders and victims in the community. We have developed and administer programs that work toward bringing restoration, rehabilitation, and reconciliation between offenders and victims. Conflict resolution is the beginning of a journey toward lasting peace.

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