The idea for this blog sparked as our literacy program unfolded in the detention centres of Ontario, Canada. We discovered that a large portion of our students, if not all, had many hidden and unique talents. Especially when it came to writing and art. Captivating short stories and impactful pieces of artwork were beginning to surface, and the excitement that the inmates showed was incredible.
"A MASTER STATUS IS A SOCIAL POSITION THAT TENDS TO BE AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT POSITIONS PEOPLE OCCUPY. IT IS AT THE CORE OF THEIR SOCIAL IDENTITY AND INFLUENCES THEIR ROLES AND BEHAVIOURS. OCCUPATION IS OFTEN A MASTER STATUS BECAUSE IT FORMS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF PEOPLE’S IDENTITIES AND AFFECTS THEIR OTHER ROLES, SUCH AS FAMILY, FRIENDS, WHERE THEY LIVE, ETC. GENDER, AGE, AND RACE ARE ALSO COMMON MASTER STATUSES." (CROSSMAN, A. 2016).
The art below functions as an antithesis to the strict formalities presented in the definition of one's master status. This was the motive behind our initiative. This blog is a way for incarcerated individuals to release themselves from the labelled bondage and prove to the world that they are indeed creative artists with unique insight into realms which we could not have imagined ourselves.