Lydia Barry Kutko, Art Market MA ’09, held an event at Blick Art Materials this past June on Bond Street in Manhattan to raise awareness for Reframe, her adult education program for inmates on Rikers Island.
Store visitors decorated muslin tote bags printed with the Reframe logo. Some participants also screen-printed onto the bags a work of art designed collectively by Kutko’s first class of inmates.
The eight-week program, which she says is the first of its kind, is a series of classes designed for prisoners with sentences of a year or less. She teaches them about art jobs—careers that range from fine artist to art handler to installer for galleries.
This fall, Kutko will develop the Rikers program further with a new class that she hopes will include women.
Using your education and platform to make a difference is so commendable.
Stay tuned this Fall to see Kutko’s newest improvements!