By Lt. Edward Brown, AA/PIO
Salinas Valley State Prison
Inmates in the Arts and Music Program (AMP) at Salinas Valley State Prison recently hosted an event to showcase their talent. Staff from throughout the institution were invited to attend the show, which went on for over two hours and featured a number of individual bands along with dozens of inspirational art pieces.
Each season the AMP program hosts a themed arts and music show, and this season’s show entitled “Beyond the Walls” was even more meaningful due to the fact that it coincided with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week taking place in the State Capitol. Midway through the show, the inmates paused to observe a moment of silence in honor of all crime victims and shared a few words acknowledging personal responsibility as well as hope for a brighter future.
The numerous bands performing that day featured everything from rhythm and blues to rock and roll to heavy metal and country, providing a little of something for everyone to enjoy. Inside the gym, the group’s team of artists transformed the space into a real art gallery and hosted Q&A sessions regarding their work. AMP has become a staple among the ILTAG programs available on SVSP’s A Yard, and the group members are eagerly looking forward to showing everyone what’s next.