APAEP Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

APAEP TEAM

 

INTERESTED IN TEACHING WITH US?

ADMINISTRATION


Kyes Stevens is the founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University. Starting in 2001, she has worked to design and build an innovative and sustainable outreach program that works with the underserved adult prison population in Alabama. Stevens oversees all aspects of APAEP programming. She has served as a grants reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, was an inaugural member of an emerging arts administrators organization in Alabama, and works in advisory capacities nationally for individuals and programs seeking to develop arts and education programming within prisons. She is the fourth generation of her family to work in Outreach at Auburn University and was awarded an Auburn University Young Alumni Award for her efforts building APAEP. She was also an inaugural recipient of the Lillian E. Smith Writer in Service Award and continues to publish poems.


Cory Unruh
is an administrator with APAEP, and works on finances and development. She has been an active volunteer in East Alabama, and has worked with the Alabama Prison Birth Project (formerly East Alabama Birth Village), Friends of the Auburn Public Library, and the League of Women Voters of East Alabama.

 

 

 

Taylor Patterson is a student assistant for the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University. She is a Senior at Auburn majoring in Global Studies in the College of Human Sciences, with minors in Business and Hunger Studies.  Before becoming a student assistant, she volunteered and interned with APAEP working with our Books Behind Bars program.  As a student assistant Taylor works with the director and program coordinator on several projects like our website and our Books Behind Bars program.  Once Taylor graduates she hopes to work in the nonprofit sector impacting social justice issues.

Shaelyn Smith is a program coordinator for the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University. Shaelyn grew up in northern Michigan and holds an MFA in creative nonfiction. She moved south in 2012 after a brief stint in New York City and began teaching composition at the University of Alabama and creative writing workshops at a girls' detention center. She first taught with APAEP in Spring of 2016, before moving into an administrative role.

 

 

 

 

Catherine Scibetta is a vital member of the APAEP team.  She is a Senior majoring in Art History with a minor in Italian Studies.  Catherine has worked with APAEP for almost 2 years in several different capacities.  She started by volunteering as the Books Behind Bars library organizer, which is something she occasionally takes part in.  Last semester, she had the opportunity to be the teaching assistant for Kyes Stevens in one of the correctional facilities we teach in.  Currently, she is taking an independent study with our director to further investigate our criminal justice system and mass incarcerating in the US.  Moving forward, she would like to pursue a law degree focusing on social change and criminal justice.

 

TEACHERS


APAEP teachers are committed to the idea that all people deserve access to arts and education, and that all lives hold value. Our teachers range from graduate students from multiple universities in Alabama, to instructors and faculty at those universities, to individual artists, scholars and writers. Our program not only helps sustain students, but also individuals who want to stay in Alabama and be involved in their craft (which is hard to do when artists and writers are consistently asked to practice their trade as volunteers). Our teachers and former teachers have exhibited art nationally and internationally, they have published multiple books and regularly publish online. They are an inspiring lot of visionary teachers and are absolutely the backbone of this program.

  

Current Instructors & Their Classes:

Alex Bauer, University of Alabama -- Linguistics
Barb Bondy, Auburn University -- Drawing
Claire Lewis Evans, Artist, Tuscaloosa, AL -- Art
Rob Hitt, University of Alabama -- Debate
Connor O'Neill, University of Alabama -- History of Music in the 1950s
Santhi Tsingos, University of Alabama -- Creative Writing
Janek Wasserman, University of Alabama -- History
Mark Wilson, Auburn University -- Experience of War

 

 

Our alumni instructors include:

Abbas Abidi
Annie Agnone
David Andrews
Anne Arrasmith
Andrea Baldwin
Eliza Banu
Aubrey Beal
Nathan Blanchard
Sarah Blankenship
Barb Bondy
Mike Breedlove
Aiden Brindle
Ryan Browne
Steele Campbell
Wayles Carpenter
Alex Chambers
Alex Chisum
Reita Clanton
Bethany Collins
Tasha Coryell
Amy Crosby
Lisa Michitti Cross
Alex Czaja
Tommy Davis
Kellie Dawson
Stacey Dearing
Nik DeDominic
Jesse DeLong
Jonathan Dubow
Chris Ecklund
Diana Eidson
Claire Lewis Evans
Dara Ewing

Barry Fleming
Tessa Fontaine
Freya Gibbon
Chapin Gray
Devin Gribbons
Jamey Grimes
John Gunn
Andrew Hairstans
Joshua Hall
Richard Hamilton
Dave Han
Ziaul Haque
Frank Hardy
Jeremy Hawkins
Christopher Hellwig
Jane Fox Hipple
Rob Hitt
Joan Inman
Ellie Isenhart
Brooke King
Meredith Knight
Kenny Kruse
David Kumler
Michael Lambert
Lorrie Lane
Nichole Lariscy
Michael Lee
Daniel Letz
Lauren Little
Joseph Lucido
James Maynard
Christopher McCarter
Leanna McConnell

 

Beth McDaniel
Allen Mendenhall
Saeide Mirzaei
Brian Morrison
Elizabeth Nicholson
Georgette Norman
Daniela Olszewska
Lanette Parker
Heather Pavletic
Paula Frances Peek
Luke Percy
Katherine Perry
Jill Petty
Tabitha Puder
Juan Reyes
Jessica Richardson
Ronald Riekki
Katy Rossing
Betsy Seymour
Eva Shoop
Andrew Shotts
Shaelyn Smith
Matthew Stafford
Andrew Stevens
Danilo Thomas
Joanne Tong
James Truman
Chrisanthi Tsingos
Carly Vandenberg
Carolyn Wass
Keri Watson
Adam Weinstein
Briana Whiteside
DeElla Wiley

 

 

 

Auburn volunteer teaching inmates
Auburn volunteer assisting inmate with his schoolwork
Auburn volunteer teaching inmates math
Volunteer teaching inmates

BECOME AN APAEP TEACHER


APAEP teachers are committed to the idea that all people deserve access to arts and education, and that all lives hold value. Teachers range from graduate students from multiple universities in Alabama, to instructors and faculty at those universities, to individual artists, scholars and writers. The program not only helps sustain students, but also individuals who want to stay in Alabama and be involved in their craft (which is hard to do when artists and writers are consistently asked to practice their trade as volunteers). Teachers and former teachers have exhibited art nationally and internationally, they have published multiple books and regularly publish online. They are an inspiring lot of visionary teachers and are absolutely the backbone of this program.

When hiring teachers for the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project the following qualities are imperative for success. 

  1. Highly organized and punctual
  2. Ability to project patience and calm in challenging environments
  3. Demonstrated successful prior teaching experience
  4. Professionalism and consistency
  5. Ability to follow stringent rules and regulations without question or hesitation
  6. Demonstrates active compassion

If you or someone you know would like to apply to teach with APAEP, click here to apply.

 

 

 

Auburn volunteer teaching

VISITING POETS + SCHOLARS


Ulrich Albrecht
Jimmy-Santiago Baca
Robin Behn
Judith Blumsack
Joel Brouwer
David Carter
John Carvalho
Bill Deutsch
Jack Feminella
Beth Guertal
Doug Goodwin
David Held
Brian Helms
Kurtis Lamkin
Thomas Lux
Anthony Moss
George Plasketes
Richard Penaskovic

Clifton Perry
Lee Peterson
The Tasman Quartet
Wendy Rawlings
Sharon Roberts
Chris Rodger
Soren Rodning
Patrick Rosal
Curtis Shannon
Andrew Shotts
Peter Strekfus
Sapphire
Lesa Shaul
Natasha Trethewey
Jean Valentine
Alan Wilson
Richard Zalik

 

 

 

Prisoners in drawing class

ADVISORY COUNCIL


The Advisory Council for the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project is comprised of individuals who have experience working with the arts and humanities and outreach in higher education and outreach activities in Alabama, as well as those who work with or have special interest in working with imprisoned populations.  APAEP has invited individuals who have a strong investment in the long-term success of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project.

Advisory Council members include: 

Barb Bondy
MFA, Professor and APAEP teaching alum
Department of Art and Art History
College of Liberal Arts
Auburn University

Joel Brouwer
MFA, Professor and Chair of Department of English Department
Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Alabama

Ryan Browne
MFA, Poet, and APAEP teaching alum
University of Alabama

William Cash 
At-large representative with experience in correctional facilities
Re-entry programming in Denver, CO

Cheryl Price
Warden III
Donaldson Correctional Facility
Representative for the Alabama Department of Corrections

Sonia Turley-Landers
Former APAEP student
Enterprise, AL

Kyes Stevens
MFA/MA, Founder and Director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project
Auburn University

Hilary Wyss
PhD, Associate Chair and Hargis Professor of American Literature
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

 

 

 

Prisoner taking notes in class
Prisoner painting
Inmate constructing school project

SPARKs


Since 2012, APAEP has been partnering with the College of Science and Math and the College of Agriculture to produce a weekly lecture series with each faculty member having one session to present on a topic. Subjects range from "Stream Health" to Nanotechnology.

SPARKs professors include:

Ulrich Albrecht
Professor
Graduate Program Officer and Calculus II Coordinator
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Shaliah Armstrong
Manager, Laboratory Teaching
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Robert "Rusty" Arnold
Associate Professor
Department of Drug Discovery and Development
Harrison College of Pharmacy

Conner Bailey
Professor Emeritus
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
College of Agriculture

Stefanie Brueckner
Lecturer
Department of Geosciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Nanette Chadwick
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics
Director of the Academic Sustainability Programs
Office of the Provost

Bill Deutsch
Visiting Professor
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
College of Agriculture

Jack W. Feminella
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Sciences and Mathematics
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Adriana Avila Flores
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Doug Goodwin
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Beth Guertal
Professor
Department of Agronomy and Soils
College of Agriculture

David Held
Associate Professor
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
College of Agriculture

Brian S. Helms
Assistant Research Professor and Invertebrate Collections Manager
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Gobena Huluka
Associate Professor
Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Doug Levey
Program Director
National Science Foundation

Mark R. Liles
Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Peter Livant
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Tony Moss
Associate Professor and Marine Program Coordinator
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Wilmer Pacheco
Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor
Department of Poultry Science
College of Agriculture

Chris Rodger
Don Logan Endowed Chair in Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Soren P. Rodning
Extension Specialist & Associate Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
College of Agriculture

Elizabeth Schwartz
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Curtis Shannon
Andrew T. Hunt Professor and Chairman
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Sciences and Mathematics

David Steen
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Sang-jin Suh
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Frank Uhlig
Professor Emeritus
Department of Applied Mathematics
College of Science and Mathematics

Kat West
Academic Program Associate II
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Sciences and Mathematics

Alan Wilson
Associate Professor
School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
College of Agriculture

Norbert L. Wilson
Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
College of Agriculture

Richard Zalik
Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Sciences and Mathematics

 

 

 

Prisoners studying with iPads
Prisoners studying in gym/rec room
Auburn volunteers teaching group of prisoners
Group of prisoners doing schoolwork
Prisoner doing schoolwork

GET INVOLVED


Volunteers play an essential role in supporting the work we do at the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project in a variety of areas, volunteers aid our staff in data entry, committee participation, publicity, and special projects, among other things.

We welcome all volunteers who are willing to contribute their time, energy, and expertise.  To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please send an email to kyes@auburn.edu or call (334) 844-8946. We look forward to hearing from you.

To make a monetary donation please click here.

 

 

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Last modified: August 22, 2017