Annie Arnzen

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Women and youth affected by incarceration struggle with numerous emotional and behavioral issues. Art is widely used as an alternative healing process for this population. Art often uncovers underlying issues when working with people affected by incarceration, yet currently there is minimal research on how teaching artists and social workers can collaborate to provide comprehensive art interventions. JDPP: Bridging Boundaries, an organization that provides art programs for incarcerated women and youth who have parents in prison, works closely with social workers at the various program sights. Using this program as a case study, my research will explore the benefits, as well as possible challenges, of collaboration between mental health professionals and teaching artists. Through interviews and observations, I have identified the strengths of this approach. Additionally, I aim to suggest ways that JDPP can continue to develop its program, as well as exemplify a positive collaboration for other art programs.


Community Partner: Bridging Boundaries program, Judy Dworin Performance Project