Muscogee County Jail inmates offered weekly art classes

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some inmates in Columbus are practicing the power of healing through art.

A weekly class, led by renowned local artist Bo Bartlett, is being held in the Muscogee County Jail to teach art to inmates.

The reentry program was suggested by the jail's chaplain, Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins, and others several months ago.

Bartlett has been teaching the class for several months and says it allows the inmates to freely express themselves through art.

"Art is the thing that gets us in touch with ourselves. It allows us to communicate with other people and express in ways that are non-conventional. The emotions that we have, we need to share with other people so that growth can start to take place," says Bartlett.

Initially, the art class was slowly received by the inmates. Now there is a waiting list. Organizers say some inmates continue to express themselves through art after being released from jail and have been given the opportunity to have their work displayed in some of Bartlett's shows.

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