11/11/04 Contact: Kyes Stevens, 334/844-8946 (stevemk@auburn.edu)
David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)


AUBURN -- The Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project (APAEP), a project of Auburn University's Center for the Arts & Humanities, recently received grants totaling almost $10,000 from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

APAEP sponsors classes in creative writing and visual arts at three Alabama correctional facilities and supports library development.

Funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts will go toward continuing the visual arts and creative writing classes that currently take place within Julia Tutwiler Women’s Prison and Annex and the Frank Lee Youth Center (a minimum security men’s facility).

“These monies will enable us to proceed with our current classes, expand into new facilities and bring in additional visiting writers and artists,” said APAEP Director Kyes Stevens.

A Community grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center will assist APAEP with purchasing titles for the on-going library development project within the correctional system. APAEP has worked with six facilities to develop their reading materials and has placed almost 6,000 volumes of books into these facilities.

The Center for the Arts & Humanities and APAEP believe that by providing education, access and a means of expression, APAEP is changing the lives of inmates.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Kyes Stevens at 334/844-8946.

Auburn University is a comprehensive research institution with nearly 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabama's largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Kyes Stevens.)

# # #