Yonkers, NY — February 3, 2018 — Founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, Kyes Stevens is coming to Sarah Lawrence College to speak on Education as Activism on Tuesday, February 20th, at Heimbold Visual Arts Center’s Donnelley Film Theatre. This event is free to attend and begins at 5:30 p.m.
Kyes Stevens in her lecture will share her experience behind the creation of the The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP). The APAEP is a program that provides access to an arts and humanities education that prisoners in Alabama may not otherwise have access to. Currently, the APAEP brings pre-college and college courses to 10 out of the 15 major prisons in Alabama. In 2016, the APAEP aided in the launching of the first Bachelor of Science degree in the Alabama prison system.
Kyes Stevens is a founder for the National Alliance for Higher Education in Prison and also has met several times with members of the Obama administration at the White House to discuss the role of higher education in criminal justice reform. Stevens is also a poet and a Sarah Lawrence College alum (’99). As a poet she has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Justice to teach poetry at the Talladega Federal Prison in 2001.
This event is part of the Inaugural Year event series at Sarah Lawrence College on the theme of Democracy and Education.