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Art & Well-being for Incarcerated Women

The Art & Well-being Program launched summer 2022 as a pilot program with the Cook County Department of Corrections, Women's Division in collaboration with teaching artist Loui L. Butler.

The Art & Well-being program transforms the women's jail tier into an art studio; a space where women have the opportunity to explore their creativity by creating mixed media art journals while learning & practicing mindfulness meditation techniques. 


The Art & Well-being Program serves 38-42 women per week. Each session building on their art journals exploring color theory, doodling, self-portraits, and other creative projects; each expressing their own distinctive artistic styles. Their artwork can be seen in The People's Gallery, rotated in a seasonal basis.

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