The Indiana University Prison Arts Initiative (IUPAI) will begin as an outreach and research partnership run through the IU Arts & Humanities Council. Our main goal is to send IU instructors into prisons to teach college-level courses—visual art classes to begin with! The classes will be tailored to the education levels of the students, specifically designed for students with high school diplomas but not necessarily college experience.
IUPAI will also produce research and highlight work currently being done in the prison education field. Through our various programs and events, we aim to facilitate valuable conversations among the IU community and offer accessible ways for these conversations to become action.