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INMATE TESTIMONIES

INMATE TESTIMONIES: ArtsAloud


I will remember this experience for the rest of my life. We can be human in prison. I have hope that I can come out of here and be whole.”
– Paul
, Jess Dunn Correctional Center


“When a friendship is born there is no birth certificate issued, there is nothing tangible. There is just the feeling that your life is different and that your capacity to examine and express yourself has been has been enormously enlarged through very little effort of your own. It’s like living in a tiny cell and your friend moves in, but instead of becoming cramped and crowded, the space expands and you discover room you never knew existed until your friend moved in with you. Prision is a much better place with ArtAloud in it. Thank you.”
– Craig
, John Lilley Correctional Center



“”The ArtsAloud program has really allowed me to increase my confidence and self-esteem. We’re reminded that we’re people and that’s a life-giving experience.”
– Geneva, Mabel Bassett Correctional Center

 

Madge Testimonials

PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONY

“I deeply admire the work Professor Jinks did when she created a performance at SafePlace, a center for battered women. This powerful work, which I vividly recall viewing, helped women express their fears, anger, experiences through collective performance. During that process, Professor Jinks developed a particular bond with a performer named Lisa and her daughter Geneva, who had a severe learning disability. Professor Jinks brought Geneva in to Grrl Action that summer, helping her find an artistic home in which she’d be involved for the next several years as a student and intern. Through Professor Jinks, Geneva found a community of other girls that shared her interests and were not judgmental of her limitations.

And through a program she founded, ArtsAloud (both in Austin and at OSU), Professor Jinks has proven her commitment to making art with incarcerated people. What impresses me about her work in prisons is not only the quality of attention she gives inmates, but also her dogged perseverance to offer arts training and experience to inmates in Texas and Oklahoma when she’s been met with considerable administrative and bureaucratic resistance from private and state run penitentiaries.”

Madge Darlington, M.F.A., Co-Producing Artistic Director, Rude Mechanicals Theatre Collective, Co-Director, Off Center Teens (formerly Grrl Action)

ARTSALOUD STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

STUDENT TESTIMONIES: ArtsAloud


“When I was first asked to go to a prison to help [with ArtsAloud}, I was shocked and couldn’t imagine what we would be doing – I had never been to a prison before. The people I worked with were really talented and it was just an amazing experience. It was a great way to see a society of people I’ve never interacted with and actually get to know them.”
– Cody Finger, Oklahoma State University


“Working with ArtsAloud is, by far, the greatest theatre experience I’ve ever had. I’ve never been more moved by a group of people in my entire life. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity and I hope that it’s not my last.”
–  Maddy Cunningham, Oklahoma State University



“Deciding to further my education at Oklahoma State University was largely in part due to Jodi Jinks. Being involved with Arts Aloud has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I have witnessed something truly amazing. I was extremely humbled the men allowed us to take their words – their lives – and create theatre.  I have seen theatre change people’s lives.”
–  Grahm Mahanna, Oklahoma State University


“Working with Jodi and ArtsAloud in the persons was one of the most monumental theatre and human experiences I’ve ever had.”
–  Maddy Cunningham, Oklahoma State University