Space in Prison for Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE)

Space in Prison for Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE) is an organization in which Brown student volunteers offer a variety of weekly arts workshops at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI). In addition, SPACE facilitates workshops in the Providence Center, a live-in addiction treatment and recovery service provider located on the campus of the ACI.  

SPACE workshops provide participants access to a forum for critical engagement, creative thought, and self-expression in these environments where such faculties are scarce. Working in teams of two or three, Brown student volunteers design and facilitate workshops that emphasize participation, performance, play, collaboration, reflection, skill-building and self-expression within a safe and constructive space. SPACE has offered workshops in poetry, theater, visual art, spoken word and more.  

Participants wishing to showcase their work are able to do so in SPACE’s annual publication of art and writing as well as during an annual public exhibition and celebration.

In the past, SPACE has facilitated workshops around such topics as:

  • Comic books
  • Current events and news writing
  • Hip hop
  • Literary analysis
  • Memoir writing
  • Movement
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Printmaking
  • Songwriting
  • Speech writing
  • Spoken Word
  • Step dance
  • Theater
  • TV screenwriting
  • Visual art

For more information or to get involved, contact our current Community Fellows.