“Art allows you to think differently, so you behave differently, so that you can get different results. To me, that's the definition of rehabilitation”

RTA member, Sing Sing Correctional Facility

Our History

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2021 25th Anniversary
2021

25th Anniversary

RTA celebrates a quarter century working with hundreds of men and women, in prison and released, who are leading productive lives grounded in family, work and community.

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1996

The Theatre Workshop

Katherine Vockins leads a group of incarcerated men at Sing Sing in writing and performing a play about their lives.

2001 RTA
2001

Rehabilitation Through the Arts - RTA

Participants observe changes in their own attitudes and behavior and rename the organization.

2003-07 RTA Expands
2003

RTA Expands

Sing Sing closes its medium security section. Transferred RTA participants lobby the Department of Corrections to establish RTA at their new facility. Programs launch in Fishkill, Woodbourne & Green Haven correctional facilities.

2006 Fr Sing Sing
2006

From Sing Sing to Broadway

The first fundraiser, a performance by RTA alumni at Playwrights Horizons, was a tremendous success.

2007-Challenging Stereotypes
2007

Challenging Prison Stereotypes

RTA establishes the first modern dance program in New York State for incarcerated men.

2008 TITLE TO COME
2008

The Women's Program

RTA begins working at Bedford Hills, New York State’s only maximum-security women’s prison.

2011 Welcome Home
2011

Welcome Home

RTA’s first Homecoming is a joyous celebration, and has since been held each year to welcome participants back to their families and communities.

2015 No Place Like Home
2015

There’s No Place Like Home

After years of requests, the Department of Corrections allows participants’ family members to attend their first production. The Wizard of Oz was chosen for this wonderful event.

2016 Dramatic Escape
2016

Dramatic Escape

Debut of a feature-length documentary that tells the story of RTA by following the stage production of A Few Good Men at Sing Sing.

Reentry Project 3
2018

RTA Alumni Project

RTA's first alumni initiative was a project that explored the experience of reentering society. The project culminated in an original play, Home is a Verb, performed at Carnegie Hall studios and as a benefit performance on Broadway.

2020- launch 6 facility
2020

Launch at 6th facility

RTA begins operating at Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for women.

2021 25th Anniversary
2021

25th Anniversary

RTA celebrates a quarter century working with hundreds of men and women, in prison and released, who are leading productive lives grounded in family, work and community.

img-rta-funding
1996

The Theatre Workshop

Katherine Vockins leads a group of incarcerated men at Sing Sing in writing and performing a play about their lives.

Prison Communities International

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Prison Communities International

Going Beyond The Wall

Prison Communities International, Inc. (PCI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to criminal justice issues. Established in 1999, PCI is the parent company under which the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program operates.

PCI was founded on the belief in the inherent value of every human being, including incarcerated men and women. Based on this value, we believe in moving criminal justice from a punitive to a rehabilitative and restorative model.