Supporting Citizens Returning from Prison:
Oakdale Community Choir and Inside-Out
Thursdays, March 30; April 6, 13, 20
March 30: Spirit of Christ Church, 500 N. Clinton St., Iowa City
April 6, 13, 20: Iowa Medical and Classification Center,
2700 Coral Ridge Ave., Coralville
Registration Deadline: March 23
Class Limit: 20
Many communities are finding creative ways to support the transition of incarcerated citizens to life on the outside. The first session will present an overview of select programs nationwide. The second session, conducted by Oakdale Prison staff, will consist of the training required for volunteers and include a tour of the prison. The last two sessions, which will also be attended by Oakdale "insider singers," will focus on the goals and operation of two local efforts, the Oakdale Prison Choir and the Inside-Out Reentry Community. In order to attend Sessions 3 and 4, students must attend Session 2.
INSTRUCTOR: Mary L. Cohen, Ph.D., is an associate professor and area head of music education at the University of Iowa. She researches music-making and wellness in prison contexts, writing and songwriting, and collaborative communities. She leads the Oakdale Prison Community Choir and the prison songwriting workshop: http://oakdalechoir.lib.uiowa.edu.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact us at 319-335-3294 or 800-469-2586.