The Renaissance of the 1400s brought the rebirth of reason in Europe, and the 1920s saw the rebirth of African-American art & literature in the Harlem Renaissance and its echoes.
Prison Renaissance began with a group of incarcerated artists who experienced a rebirth of their human values. Artistic expression changed the way they see themselves. Art and education will allow them to help change how other incarcerated people see themselves — as citizens and community builders instead of outsiders and burdens.
We hope that a return to civic duty among incarcerated-Americans will change how the public views its incarcerated population — the largest in the world.
Prison Renaissance publishes an online literary journal of work by incarcerated authors in addition to regular posts on our website. If you'd like to read our literary journal for 2017 click here
Images courtesy of Peter Mertz for Artistic Ensemble