Photo: Production of “Word to Your Mother!” by Rising Voices
Women Rising is a Reentry program for formerly incarcerated 18-25 year old women. The program provides them with a full continuum of services that greatly increase their chances of transitioning to a productive and self-sufficient lifestyle. The new Women’s Reentry Center, at 930 Bryant Street, serves as the program site. Women Rising provides services ranging from immediate needs like groceries, clothing and internet access to long-term support including case management and housing, as well as the arts-based mentorship program, Rising Voices.
Writing and Performance Internship
Rising Voices is now accepting applications! Download the application here.
Rising Voices is a paid writing and performance internship for previously incarcerated women ages 18 to 25. Each cycle involves the creation of an original piece and culminates in community performances. Rising Voices supports women in staying out of jail, encouraging ensemble members to value their power as artists and agents of change, and to find meaningful ways of sharing their experiences with the community. The sharing of these words is transformative not only for the performers but for members of the public who do not often get the chance to hear the voices of women who have been incarcerated speaking their truth.
Rising Voices performed A Way Out, a series of original short plays written by the women of Rising Voices, featuring characters attempting to break away from situations keeping them stuck in cycles of incarceration and abuse, on May 20 and May 21, 2011 at University San Francisco’s Studio Theater. Check out the Way Out blog.
Writing Workshops in Jail
Rising Voices offers weekly Creative Writing Workshops to women in San Francisco’s County Jail 8. Rising Voices provides incarcerated writers with a safe space to investigate experiences such as abuse, prostitution, addiction, love, motherhood, and homophobia. These workshops also enable facilitators to form relationships with participants and help build bridges for them as they leave jail and seek a supportive structure and creative outlets for their lives on the outside.