POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — To mark the eighth annual reunion of participants in the Vassar Greenhaven Prison Program, art works by Melvin Isaac and Brian Jones will be exhibited in the college's Aula Room from Monday, March 27 through Saturday April 1. This is the second year that the Africana Studies program at Vassar has taken this opportunity to present the art of current and formerly incarcerated individuals. An opening reception will be held in the Aula on March 27, beginning at 7:00 p.m., and both the reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
The Vassar Greenhaven Prison Program, led by professor of religion and Africana Studies Lawrence Mamiya, began in 1979 as a weekly dialogue on current events between Vassar students and inmates at the maximum-security prison in Stormville, NY. The program has evolved into a broader educational experience for both students and inmates, confronting issues such as race, class, stereotypes, and economic opportunity.
Many of the Vassar students have gone on to work with other prison education programs, and since 1999 an annual reunion has brought together Vassar alumnae/i and former Greenhaven inmates for conversation.
For more information, call the program in Africana Studies at (845) 437-7490. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should call the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.