CPA Prison Arts: Still in Prison, George Gould
A virtual exhibit curated by Jeffrey Greene, Director of CT Prison Arts and recipient of a Charter Oak 2020 Vision Award Exhibit Opening: Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30pm FREE event; Join the Zoom by CLICKING HERE. Presented in collaboration with CPA Prison Arts, a program of Community Partners in Action
George Gould first began working with the CPA Prison Arts Program in 1994. He drew himself, trapped in an hourglass, in the Garden of Eden, with his life dripping away. Above him, his guardian angels flew, blindfolded to his plight. This drawing was made at New Haven Correctional Center, prior to his being sentenced to eighty years in prison. He was adamant about his innocence.
Twenty-six years later, George Gould continues to draw, and continues to maintain his innocence. He lives in MacDougall Correctional Institution, in Suffield, CT, and is an important member of a Prison Arts workshop held in the prison cafeteria. He has created a powerful, (and painful), body of work over these many years of incarceration. His beautiful drawings and paintings are a window into his struggle, both within the courts, and within himself.
The Prison Arts Program was initiated in 1978, and advocates for the arts and artists within Connecticut’s correctional institutions, and within the State’s criminal justice system. Arts experiences, workshops, and projects, as well as exhibition and publication opportunities, are designed to develop and foster positive, constructive, and meaningful living in prison. The program hopes to encourage participants’ self-confidence, self-esteem, work ethic, empathy, critical thinking, technical skill, and their connection to the outside community and loved ones.
Community Partners in Action (CPA), is a non-profit agency founded in 1875, serving thousands of adults and youth each year. CPA focuses on behavioral change and advocates for criminal justice reform. CPA programs promote Recovery, Restoration, and Responsibility.