Management and Promotion of Art and Culture in the Prison Treatment

National Penitentiary Institute (INPE)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

This initiative focuses on the management and promotion of art and culture in prison treatment, for the benefit of persons deprived of liberty.

The art and culture policy in the penitentiary system is not only a set of guidelines, regulations and projects; it is, most importantly, a contribution to the development and reconstruction of the inmates' citizenship, recovering and complementing their training processes, reinforcing the multiple existing activities and projects, generating the promotion and fostering of cultural diversity, interculturality and the development of the effective and successful practice of art as a powerful tool for re-socialization.

INPE has the obligation to close the access gaps and guarantee the artistic-cultural practices for the strengthening of the prison treatment in favor of the re-socialization of the inmate. In this connection, the main objective is to establish the routes, formal access and recognition of artistic-cultural practices, which have always been developing in the prison population and treatment, in order to ensure not only a spontaneous and incidental practice, but a sustainable development that helps inmates in the construction and reconstruction of their citizenship; enhance their values and skills for coexistence and thus, through the strong and effective power of art and culture as transversal agents of change and social inclusion, help making them become better people and better citizens. Thus, we assume the responsibility, through the Management and Promotion of Art and Culture in the Prison Treatment, to coordinate and unify the conditions for the proper development of these spaces and actions for the benefit of the persons deprived of liberty of the National Penitentiary Institute.

The following activities have been developed:

I- Season of Recitals and Educational Concerts. It seeks to generate an inclusive artistic connection, an experience through musical education that directly influences students deprived of liberty in their cognitive, social and human training.

II- The Alliance between INPE and the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima: ART WITHOUT BARRIERS, stage proposals for prison population in 2019.

III- "InternArte: Another Form of Freedom". Plastic arts exhibition by inmates of penitentiary establishments in alliance with the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of the Riva Aguero Institute of the PUCP.

IV- Capacity building workshop on high-temperature ceramics. In search of strengthening the artistic processes, especially the production of high-temperature ceramics, training workshops on sculpture and ceramics were conducted.

V- INPE ORQUESTANDO. Musical education workshops.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The results achieved by this initiative are:

- The organization of educational recitals and concerts for various audiences.
- Institutional alliances. For instance, with the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, which has allowed for the development of artistic performances with different proposals, the Lima Film Festival, the Alliance Francaise (Music Festival), MINEDU, among others.
- INPE has allocated a budget of over half a million soles in the provision of musical instruments and music teachers. The initiative includes 7 prisons nationwide (5 for men and 2 for women) and it has over 520 beneficiaries, and casts such as symphonic bands, polyphonic choirs, percussion ensembles and a symphony orchestra have been formed.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Approximately USD 147,058.00 per year.
Only from INPE, in instrument implementation for seven penitentiary establishments, teachers, training and capacity building in plastic arts.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Metropolitan Municipality of Lima
Public Sector
Ministry of Education
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

To guarantee the sustainability of cultural practices and policies for the over 100 thousand people deprived of liberty in Peru's 68 prisons, an internal framework and formality are necessary, as well as inter-institutional cooperation where re-socialization is everyone's commitment and task. In a country with a penitentiary reality like ours, it is necessary to adopt urgent measures and new tools for re-socialization in prison treatment, which allow us to close the access gaps, but especially to guarantee the decrease in prison population and recidivism.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)