The national average rate of recidivism among prison inmates hovers above 60 percent. With the help of organizations like Rehabilitation Through the Arts, or RTA, that number plummets to about five percent. RTA is a creative arts program operating in multiple maximum and medium-security New York State correctional facilities. Its mission is to use the arts to transform those behind bars so that they can live productive lives once they rejoin the outside world. The program has seen improved social and communication skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence and its participants have gone on to complete GEDs, college, and even masters degrees. As part of our ongoing reporting initiative, Chasing the Dream, we spotlight this transformational arts program with its founder and Executive Director, Katherine Vockins.
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April 10, 2017: NYS BUDGET: WINNERS & LOSERS
“HUGS & KNISHES”
April 10, 2017: “THE GREAT WAR”
April 7, 2017: HEROIN & HEALTH CARE
April 7, 2017: GLORIA BUCKS TRADITION
April 7, 2017: “SESAME STREET” & AUTISM
April 7, 2017: A “PURPLE” PROSPECT!
April 6, 2017: HOMELAND UNDER SIEGE
April 6, 2017: WORLD WAR I
April 6, 2017: SEXISM IN CENTRAL PARK?
April 6, 2017: “AMERICAN PIE” HONORED
April 5, 2017: THE YOUNGEST VICTIMS
NY NATURE: SUCCESS & FAILURES
CHASING THEIR DREAMS VIA DANCE
April 4, 2017: RIKERS: THE END GAME
April 4, 2017: #STANDWITHTHIRTEEN
April 4, 2017: IN MOMMA’S FOOTSTEPS: LORNA LUFT
April 3, 2017: FIGHTING FOR THE ARTS!
April 3, 2017: WHAT’S HOLDING UP THE BUDGET?
April 3, 2017: LIGHT IT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM