Arts Connect Eastern Kentucky (ACEky) is in need of $5,000.00 to continue their mission to employ the arts in creating a network of support for women incarcerated in the Knox County Detention Center that will continue after their release.
The women we see in jail are most often mothers of more than one child. Our mission is based on the belief that creating connections with these women through the arts is the most effective way to help their children and the community as a whole.
Research shows that when mothers can steady their lives, find self-compassion, and add a community network of face-to-face support to whatever institutional support that is needed, they dramatically reduce the likelihood that their children will be trapped in cycles of trauma, addiction, incarceration, poverty and hopelessness.
Thirteen ACEky artists will provide weekly experiences in a variety of arts activities to women in the Knox County Detention Center, to released women and other participants in a local Community Arts Center, and help expand our efforts to another county jail.
Creating and communicating through the arts will help these Appalachian women develop personal concepts for meaningful work, develop confidence and gain the kind of skills necessary to break the grip of self-harming habits and to recreate their lives.