GORHAM – The Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, has awarded Guitar Doors â€“ Instruments of Change a $7,500 Artists in Maine Communities grant to help support their 12 Bar Blues programs in correctional facilities throughout Maine. The mission of this project is to bring the opportunity of self-expression through music to prisoners within the corrections system, and to expose as much of the general public as possible to the artistry and humanity that exists behind the fences and razor wire.
During this program, small groups of inmates work to write, perform, and record a CD of their own, original music. The group also selects a band and album name, and designs the CD cover artwork. These CDâ€™s are then offered for sale in the prison commissaries and at Guitar Doors website – guitardoors.org – to help support future programming.
Guitar Doors â€“ Instruments of Change is a Gorham based non-profit whose mission it is to bring music and music programming into correctional facilities throughout Maine. These programs provide a creative tool for inmates to re-connect with their families and society through music education, stimulates those incarcerated to think and express themselves in new ways, and teaches the rewards of working together as a community towards a common goal.
Contact Name: Jim Svendsen, Executive Director
Telephone Number: (207)222-2152