You’re invited to JDPP’s documentary debut! October 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library. Visit our Eventbrite page to register for this wonderful evening. And for more info about the documentary partnership with CPTV and to watch the trailer Click here!
The documentary will feature unprecedented footage from behind the personal and pragmatic prison walls of program participants in JDPP’s Bridging Boundaries outreach as they navigate their passage to freedom and meaningful personal connections. Perspectives, insights, hurdles and triumphs will be directly shared by the project’s incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, their children and families, prison staff, and JDPP teaching artists and social work partners, compelling insights into a humane approach to crime and punishment.
JDPP’s Bridging Boundaries Arts Intervention Program is the only program of its kind offering an unparalleled paradigm that couples social work with the metamorphic power of the arts to bridge the forced separations of populations affected by incarceration. Since 2005, this outreach has grown to include performance residencies for women at York Correctional Institution; York Moms and their children, youth throughout the Greater Hartford region who have parents in prison and in 2016, became an integral component of Gov. Malloy’s Second Chance Society initiatives at the Willard Cybulski Reintegration Center. The program’s foundational strength has grown to benefit returning citizens as well through JDPP’s ‘Stepping Out’ program which brings continuity and support to those returning to the community.
Recognized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts who nominated JDPP as one of just five organizations in the state to compete regionally for a Mellon and Mid America Arts Alliance grant entitled ‘Creativity Connects: National Demonstration Projects’ JDPP’s Bridging Boundaries outreach was selected by NEFA to compete nationally and was ultimately one of only 6 organizations in the nation awarded the grant. The $75,000 award was used in part to support the creation of this documentary in partnership with Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) under the direction of Emmy award-winning producer John O’Neill.