Art therapy

Filmmaking and Art by Inmates Behind Bars

Sep 4, 2017
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An innovative project worked with incarcerated women at the Dayton Correctional Institution to write and direct their own short films. The shorts will be shown next month at the Wexner Center. Today we'll look at programs aimed at creating self-expression for those behind bars and the effects the programs have. 


Kali Gibbons sets out canvases and bright acrylic paints in the lunchroom at the Stella Maris recovery center on Monday afternoons. About a dozen men filter in, take a seat and grab a brush to paint.

“Knowing that art is something that can help others recover and it’s something that I can give to others, that’s why I do it,” she said.

Gibbons teaches art to school children four days a week. Monday is technically her day off, but she spends part of it at the Cleveland rehab center working with men battling addiction.

Wisconsin cheese
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In his new book, Neal Barnard argues that cheese is addicting due to opiate molecules in dairy protein that are highly concentrated in cheese. Referring to it as "dairy crack," Barnard believes that cheese is the source of several health concerns and illnesses. Today we'll discuss the case against cheese, art therapy programs and workout injury treatment and prevention practices.

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