Discover and share stories

of adventure, connection, and change making.

76 people think this is good


  1. {{}}
  1. {{fields.video_link.url}}

Ready to post! You’ve uploaded the maximum number of images.

Your video is ready to post!

Oops! Nice pic, but it’s just not our (file) type. Please try uploading a .jpg or .png image.

Well, this is embarrassing. Something went wrong when posting your comment. Care to try again?

That image is too large. Maximum size is 6MB.

Please enter a valid URL from YouTube or Vimeo.

Embedding has been disabled for this video.


Posting comment...

  • Julenne Esquinca

    I think the people who really think to improve the lives of inmates inside prision are people full of compassion and worthy of admiration and respect. I'm very happy to read this!

  • Deborah Mason

    Turning a truly depressing environment into something lovely is a wonderful gift! I am sure inmate and visitor alike highly value your creative genius. Kudos to you, sir.

  • Rose Cabral

    Beautiful. Imagine the conversations that are started once the visitor meets with the person in prison, "I just walked down an awesome colorful bright pathway!" Being a visitor to a locked facility is in itself a nerve racking, uncomfortable experience. Thank you for bringing color, creativity and a sense of wonder to a place that desperately needs it.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Wonderful work! Thank you for adding color and creating a more positive experience in a place where there already is so much suffering. We are ALL human beings and to bring in art to help ease a difficult situation is beautiful. IMHO, it is not money wasted, but brings a different perspective. Thank you for your work!

  • JGM

    The pictures make walking down this hallway seem like tripping out to the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • Kevin Van Lierop

    note while I can't find the study that I'm about to reference, it exists. Said every person ever lying. sigh.

    There was a student done about the impact that painting the stairwells in an office building can have on employees moods, productivity and general well being.

    It essentially found that when stairwells are painted bright, playful colours, employees are more likely to take the stairs then if they aren't painted or painted a neutral colour.

    In addition, when forced to take the stairs (because the elevator isn't working) employees were less angered/frustrated by having to do so when using a painted stairwell, compared to an unpainted on.

  • Chelsea DeBaise

    Thank you for posting- I found this absolutely incredible. I believe that even for people who have committed crimes (setting aside for a moment the falsely accused), prison, it certain instances, could be a place of learning and building character--not such a place of degradation and sadness, and the idea of using art in this way is, to me, lovely.

    It reminds me, in some ways, of an experiment done a few years ago (I sadly cannot remember all of the details) where a director went into a prison and cast several inmates in a version of Hamlet to be performed at the prison. The play went wonderfully and the director was thrilled to see how the performers embraced the project.

    While this is a much different scenario, it is still introducing art into these people's lives, and I think that that is a notion with extremely positive potential.

  • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

    I hadn't considered this perspective. It makes sense. This is inspiring and I hope it grows into more locations.


    This concept really made me think. Even if someone has committed a crime, the punishment of incarceration doesn't need to be compounded by a depressing, dehumanizing environment.

  • Danielle Knott

    Not only is the art captivating and powerful, but the fact that the design of the entire complex was sourced from people who have experiences in prison is incredibly important. Why isn't everything designed this way?

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Thanks for saying that. It's so important that we consider the impact of design on the psyche and community.

  • Beach4Good

    I love this! Wonderful contribution and design.

    • Julenne Esquinca

      That would be awesome, there should be more projects for well-being inside prisons.