On December 3rd, 2014 Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York will host a TEDx event focusing on “Creating Healthy Communities.” TEDx is an independently organized TED event and this is the first TEDx event to be held in a New York state prison. The speakers come from a range of backgrounds, including activism, public radio, poetry, the arts, and film. Gina Belafonte, Majora Carter, Bryonn Bain, Dan Slepian, and Sing Sing Superintendent Michael Capra are a few of the speakers that have been thus far announced. Many of the men incarcerated at Sing Sing will also speak, read original poetry, and perform musical numbers. Each of the presenters will bring a different perspective to what it takes to build healthy communities, even within the walls of a maximum security prison like Sing Sing.
The event is being organized by Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a nonprofit organization which provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women. The incarcerated men participating in TEDx are helping to create healthy communities through their involvement with Hudson Link’s college program, Rehabilitation thru the Arts, and the Carnegie Hall Music Program.
Find out more about the event on the TED website here.