Du'S Touted Prison Arts Program Canceled by Colorado Corrections


A "revolutionary arts and humanities collaboration" between the University of Denver and the Colorado Department of Corrections has gone dark.

The Prison Arts Initiative, a multiyear contract between the two parties that included the production of a traveling stage version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was not renewed last August, and no one is saying why, the Denver Post reports.

"We have paused programming until fall, when we will seek input from faculty on what is next," Jon Stone, DU's director of media relations, said in an email.

A Department of Corrections spokesperson says the decision not to extend the contract for a fifth year was mutual.

Other than those terse statements, secrecy and silence surround the Prison Arts Initiative breakup.

Some speculate that the separation had to do with an undisclosed violation of Corrections' policies.

An open-records request was denied by the Department of Corrections, the University of Denver, and the office of Gov.

Jared Polis.

The Gazette's requests for interviews about the termination were denied by the Department of Corrections, the University of Denver, and the office of Gov.

Jared Polis.

The final issue of the prison newspaper was dated winter 2023.

Dean Williams, the former corrections chief who stepped down in late 2022, considers those projects among Read the Entire Article

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