By Lt. Barry Tisdale, AA/PIO
California Health Care Facility
Recreation Therapy (RT) staff from Mental Health hosted California Health Care Facility’s popular Art & Writing Contest & Show. There were 98 entries in the categories of original art on paper or canvas, pattern drawing, poetry, essay, short story, and sculpture or craft from Facility C and D as well as the Permanent Work Crew (PWC) unit were on display.
Inmates and staff were invited to attend the show in group activities and vote for their favorites. Approximately 150 inmates and staff browsed the gallery and favorable reviews were heard from all.
Everyone who submitted an entry received a certificate of participation and winners also received a small prize. The Art Show has become an annual event and an opportunity for inmates to showcase their work or to volunteer to help with the show and for others to enjoy a positive social experience.
RT special events are designed to improve community spirit and social behavior; provide positive educational opportunities; and promote healthy leisure and inclusive programming. RT’s next special event will be a stage production of Les Misérables.