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Brief but Spectacular

A Brief But Spectacular take on rehabilitation through art - PBS News Hour

John Zoccoli is a visual artist who spent 25 years in prison until his release in June, 2020. During his incarceration, he became involved in a program called Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) — which he says transformed his life.

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June News: RTA Begins Return to In Person Programming

RTA was one of the first programs the Department of Corrections allowed to return to facilities

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RTA celebrates 25 years of changing lives

RTA was founded at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in 1996. 25 years later, RTA has grown into a robust prison arts program in New York with hundreds of successful alumni.

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Unlocked: The Power of Arts in Prison

Unlocked captures the unsparingly honest stories of formerly incarcerated men and women who participated in RTA’s prison arts program.

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UPLIFT!

A Virtual Concert - The power of the arts & community inside and outside prison

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Lulu, I Hear You...Messages from the Inside During Covid-19

Virtual performance piece and live talkback with RTA alumni

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Press Archive

More RTA news from over the years

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Shakespeare in Prisons? - Interrogating Justice

Shakespeare in Prisons? How RTA Dramatically Lowers Recidivism Rates

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Maximum-Security Prison Inmates Reveal What Theater Program Taught Them About Redemption - Inside Editon

In addition to singing and acting, inmates at Green Haven Correctional Facility say their theater program helps them learn crucial life skills

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Cyrano Behind Bars - The New York Times

A prison theater program in New York offers hope for inmate rehabilitation

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