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Patricia M. Graney
BISIA 483
Bothell Campus

Advanced Arts Workshop

Advanced levels of art making which extend artistic proficiencies and knowledge. Arts may include visual , written, or performance arts, or a combination of these.

Class description

BISIA 483C Advanced Arts Workshop: Keeping the Faith Transitions is an internship with Keeping the Faith/The Prison Project at Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, WA. Seminars on the day of internship with instructor will include discussion of in-class experience, journal-writing, topics related to reading materials and writing a major research paper due at end of the quarter. Verbal Participation (or its equivalent) both in and outside the prison is required. Internship duties will include: handing out class materials, transcribing class participants writing, participating in all class activities including; writing, reading your own writing aloud, learning a hip-hop/break dance with class participants, learning a song in American Sign Language (ASL) with class participants, exploring the idea of ‘Portraiture’ with the class, and assisting in the visual and technical work for the performances (June 1 & 2, 2012).

Student learning goals

The student will acquire an in-depth knowledge about one of the longest-running prison arts programs in the US.

The student will gain in-depth knowledge of working in an arts program within the prison environment.

The student will be able to discuss issues concerning women’s incarceration in WA State.

The student will gain a broader perspective on female incarceration in the US, and the role that arts programming can play within a prison environment.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students must be able to pass security clearance to enter the prison.

Class assignments and grading

Students are required to read and participate in and/or lead discussions of written/experiential material. Students must attend a prison orientation to attend classes. The prison orientation will outline rules of conduct, attire & confidentiality within the prison environment. You will be required to attend one weekly class session at the prison – there are NO exceptions. 70% of grade will be in-class participation and performing internship duties as required. (An example of good participation is participating fully in all exercises, writing, reading and discussions inside and outside the prison environment, and performing all internship duties as discussed.) 30% of grade will be final paper (15 pages).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michele L. Libin
Date: 01/31/2012