Prison Performing Arts receives award * 1/23/2013

The program that brings theater to two of Missouri's prisons received recognition from a national organization this year.

Prison Performing Arts, based out of St. Louis, is a nonprofit program that promotes learning through the arts. The group works with Missouri Department of Corrections offenders at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green and the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia. The program also operates at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center and Hogan Street Regional Youth Center.

In January, the National Coalition of Community-Based Correctional and Community Re-Entry Service Organizations (NC4RSO) presented Prison Performing Arts with the 2012 Organizational Member of the Year Award. The program was selected in acknowledgement of its strong, proactive communications with the public.

"Prison Performing Arts is consistently strong in publicly communicating the value of their work," NC4RSO stated in a press release. "Their communications are a role model for other nonprofits."

NC4RSO is a national umbrella for community organizations involved in jails, prisons and community reentry.