APAEP Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

 

APAEP Needs Your Support!

Gifts made to the Auburn University Foundation in support of APAEP will be used to purchase supplies and textbooks for our students, and provide funding to hire instructors. You can also support our degree students by donating to their tuition account. Any donation amount will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHO WE ARE

APAEP is a program at Auburn University dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to those in prison in Alabama. Our program is helping the adult prison population to gain a quality education, and also to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.

APAEP provides access to sustained and quality educational experiences in the arts, humanities, and sciences.  We believe that education provides a fertile field for transformation and growth and that these learning experiences contribute to the positive development of every person.

 

Male prisoner raising hand in class
One prisoner helping anther with his school work
Male prisoner listing intensely to lecture
Prisoners studying
Three prisoners looking at insects
Prisoner discussing lesson in class
Group of students studying
Students using rulers

APAEP BY THE NUMBERS

NUMBER OF CLASSES

243

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

3,650

CLASSROOM HOURS

6,624

BOOKS DONATED

21,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LATEST CLASSROOM WORK

Our anthology is a collection of student art, creative writing, and poetry created by students in APAEP classes that took place in 2013, 2014, and 2015 in prisons across the state of Alabama. The most recent edition, "A Map I Might Have Drawn," is available now.

Contact us to get your copy. 

 

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“In retrospect now, what I remember clearest about that first APAEP class I took is not the course material but, rather, the light which appeared in some of my classmates eyes in response to the camaraderie created in the group or as they accomplished something meaningful for the first time in their lives. For some, the light continued to shine even after the course was complete.”

COLLABORATORS

Inmates and volunteer in art class

AUBURN UNIVERSITY

APAEP is a department in University College at Auburn University. Most of the instructors, tutors, and interns that work with our program are associated with other departments on campus in the Colleges of Science and Math, Agriculture, Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Education. 

 

 

Inmates painting in art class

MORE UNIVERSITIES

APAEP has a strong partnership with the University of Alabama’s MFA Creative Writing Program to offer Prison Arts Fellowships to UA graduate students. Faculty and Graduate Students from Auburn University at Montgomery and University of Alabama at Birmingham have also worked with APAEP. 

 

 

 Inmates working on art projects as correctional officer watches

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

APAEP works closely with the Alabama Department of Corrections to fulfill the mission of the program and to meet a great need in Alabama. Our program has served students in 10+ correctional facilities around the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last modified: November 17, 2017