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PRESS RELEASE: DU PAI’s Imagining Worlds Anthology Representing 10 CDOC Facilities


PRESS RELEASE: Press Releases are provided to Yellow Scene. In an effort to keep our community informed, we are now publishing some press releases in whole.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 200 incarcerated residents in ten Colorado Department of Corrections’ facilities were hard at work taking our 12-week course “Imagining Worlds: Reading and Writing Plays.” For the first time, DU PAI staff and affiliate faculty were teaching our students via pre-recorded lectures, correspondence, and individualized feedback.

It wasn’t easy. But once again our students showed us and themselves how deeply resilient, intelligent, and capable they are in standing up for their individual and communal pursuit of art.

We couldn’t be happier to share with you their hard-won creative expressions in the beautiful and inspiring Imagining Worlds anthology.

Imagining Worlds features over forty short plays and visual art pieces generated during each class.

 Many people helped with the anthology’s creation—everything from setting up new technology on the inside to transcribing handwritten plays. We thank you all, and hope you’ll return again when our next anthology from the course “Tell It Slant: Reading & Writing Creative Nonfiction” is ready for creation!

 A huge thanks to The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group for their support.


For more information on DU PAI, please visit our website at liberalarts.du.edu/prison-arts

You can also support them by donating. Donations go directly to helping maintain their programming and provide transformational experiences for incarcerated people. Every bit counts. Thank you!


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg.She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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