Opera in Prison: Impact of an artistic project on the reintegration of young people in prison

Publication TypeConference Paper
Año de publicación2020
AuthorsMargarido, C, Santos, R, Margarido, C, Milhano, S, Póvoa, V
Nombre de la ConferenciaEighth International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality - TEEM 20
Fecha de publicación2020
PublisherACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Conference LocationSpain

The social intervention through the artistic languages can represent
in the life of each subject a great socio-educational significance,
contributing to reinforce numerous personal, social, affective,
emotional and relational skills.
The social reintegration of young prisoners presents a great
challenge for professionals, since the period of detention can indeed
allow the individual a period of reflection, there are also ties (of
friendship, family ...) that fall apart, and that, in most cases, it is
important to reconcile.
The project "Opera in Prison" searched, through music, theater and
dance to promote a strategy of socio-educational intervention that
catalyzes a socially framed life. This project, funded by the
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, took place in the Leiria Prison
(youth), having been promoted by Sociedade Artística Musical dos
Pousos (SAMP). Since the beginning of 2014, a group of 50
To understand the impact of this project on the process of social
reintegration of young prisoners, a research methodology was
adopted based on interviews with the various stakeholders in the
The results presented evidenced the role that artistic languages have
played in the lives of young prisoners and their families and the
way in which they have contributed to a more effective social

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