Artistic paths to develop the professional skills of prisoners

Today, in the 28 EU countries, there are about 650,000 prisoners. Only 1 out of 5 of them is involved in any kind of activity and just 3% of them are working for external entities. Unemployment, the lack of tailored training paths and the loss of identity and sense of belonging to the civil community indeed determine a still too high level of recidivism among the most unprivileged individuals.

Moving from these figures and from the realization that all around Europe it has become quite usual to implement artistic (and more specifically theatrical) activities in penitentiary institutions to help inmates along their rehabilitation process, the project deals with the lack of structured models for the validation and certification of the transversal and specific skills that can be acquired through such activities and that could be helpful also once out of jail.

Skills for Freedom would like to fulfill specific needs for:

  • Acknowledgement of the transversal and specific (artistic) professional skills developed by prisoners in order to improve social reintegration.
  • Highlighting the social work that artistic companies carry out in penitentiary institutions.
  • Creating an innovative network system of socio-economic agents and labor market public offices so to improve the employability of ex-prisoners.

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.

Oscar Wilde



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