Over the course of ten, one hour sessions, our groups connect with each other, listen to each other, learn from each other, and provide healing for each other.
Under the guidance of a team of professional musicians, producers, videographers and visual artists, the group takes the content of their conversations and create a professionally recorded song, a music video, and a visual artwork to accompany their song.
SONG OF THE WEEK
Living Proof was written together with over 100 of the women in the Tapestry program at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. The Tapestry program is for women in recovery. It has been a powerful source of transformation inside ORW for over 25 years, changing countless lives with its healing culture of love, acceptance and family.
It was written over the course of several months of sessions. During that time we were welcomed into the lives and community of Tapestry with open arms. In our discussion groups, the women shared their stories and struggles with raw honesty and vulnerability, and a deep wisdom that came from years of working intensely on themselves with the support of the Tapestry program.
They wanted the song we wrote to express their resilience in the face of adversity. Their shared goal to be the Living Proof that it is possible to overcome all of their struggles and histories. Every word of this song was revised and debated endlessly by the whole group. It had to say EXACTLY where they have been and where they wanted to go.
The artwork was created with artist Aimee Wissman who is a returning citizen. The vision was a powerful phoenix woman who had gone through the fires of life, and emerged unbroken from the ashes. The butterflies behind her were painted by the women as their signatures, each one unique, with its own personality and story.
In a devastating turn of events, the Tapestry program abruptly had its funding cut and all programming cancelled in March 2020. The heroic staff that made this program possible , have done everything in their power to still support their sisters from outside of the prison through weekly zoom calls. Since being cancelled, the Tapestry women have been the only program inside ORW to continue to practice their program with each other. It is a testament to how deep this program goes. It goes beyond the structure around it. It is family on a blood level.
RADIO OPAC INTERVIEW
We Amplify Voices (WAV) is a non-profit based in Columbus, Ohio. WAV sessions focus on building self-esteem, character, and collaboration skills aligned to Social Emotional Learning strategies.
Through interactive activities, small group discussions, meditation and mindfulness exercises and music, participants get to know themselves and develop: respect for themselves and others; awareness of self and emotions; self-regulation skills; critical thinking and problem solving.
WAV workshops are about creating a safe space for a small group of individuals to come together and share their experiences, emotions and ideas with each other.
of participants were in underserved and underrepresented communities.
said it helped them to get along with different kinds of people in their group
said it helped them to feel confident about sharing their opinions or ideas with other people.
said it helped them to respond to another persons feelings in their group.