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Art from Shakopee Women's Prison On Display at Scott County Historical Society

Art education in a correctional facility plays a significant role in the lives of offenders.

(The following is a news release from the Scott County Historical Society.)

The Minnesota Correctional Facility (MCF)-Shakopee is sponsoring its first art show featuring 40 pieces of offender artwork. The art will be on display at the Scott County Historical Society Oct. 18 through Nov. 17, 2012. The art in this exhibition has been created by women at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.

Art education in a correctional facility plays a significant role in the lives of offenders and the effectiveness of programming in a correctional environment. As new artistic techniques are taught, each woman is given the opportunity to prove to herself her personal worth through the creation of beautiful and meaningful art. The development and practice of artistic skills also offers an alternative to boredom, anger, depression, and personal stress.

The art program at Shakopee offers different classes each quarter. The artwork featured in this exhibit is from the cartooning, batik, block printing, and oil pastel collage classes that finished in September.

Anyone interested in purchasing any of the displayed art pieces can call 952-496-4475 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. If there is no answer, please leave a message that includes your name, number and the ID number of the piece you are interested in. Proceeds are divided between the artist, the DOC Art Program, and the DOC Restorative Justice Program.

The Department of Corrections Mission: Reduce recidivism by promoting offender change through proven strategies during safe and secure incarceration and effective community supervision.

Scott County Historical Society is located at 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee, MN 55379. For more details, contact the Society at (952) 445-0378 or email info@scottcountyhistory.org.

If you go: The exhibit will be available for viewing during regular museum hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thurs. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun., Mon. Closed

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