Inmates Creating Artwork For Super Bowl LII

Inmates Creating Artwork For Super Bowl LII


INMATES AND MINNEAPOLIS POLICE FORMED A PARTNERSHIP IN ADVANCE OF SUPER BOWL 52. OFFENDERS AT 5 PRISONS, INCLUDING MAXIMUM SECURITY OAK PARK HEIGHTS, ARE MAKING SUPER BOWL ARTWORK. IT WILL BE HUNG ON THE WALLS OF MINNEAPOLIS POLICE COMMAND CENTERS. WCCO’S JENNIFER MAYERLE TAKES US INSIDE TO LEARN WHAT THE COLLABORATION MEANS. Reporter: THIS IS AN ACTIVITY THAT COMES WITH PRIVILEGE INSIDE OAK PARK HEIGHTS MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON. THE ART PROGRAM IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO TAKE CONTROL OF WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO. I WANT TO SEE HOW THAT GOES. Reporter: TEACHER, BILL, SHOWS A SELECT FEW OFFENDERS WHO DEVELOPED SOME OF THE LIFE SKILLS TAUGHT IN CLASS, TO WORK ON A SPECIAL SUPER BOWL 52 PROJECT. I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS AND ABILITY TO DO THIS. Reporter: A COLLABORATION WITH MINNEAPOLIS POLICE. AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, THE SUPER BOWL IS QUITE EXTENSIVE PUBLIC SAFETY OPERATION INCLUDING LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS, WE HAVE A FEW DIFFERENT FACILITIES TO MANAGE THAT. Reporter: THE OFFENDERS WERE BROUGHT IN TO CHANGE THE LOOK OF THE BLANK WALLS INSIDE THOSE THOSE FACILITIES. THEY WOULD BE PRETTY BORING, SIMILAR, GRAY WALLS, TO WHAT YOU SEE IN OAK PARK HEIGHTS PRISON. Reporter: THEIR ASSIGNMENT… WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY JUST TO SHOW THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE SUPER BOWL THROUGH THE ART AND EYE OF OFFENDERS. Reporter: ALTHOUGH WORKING INDIVIDUALLY, COLLECTIVELY WORKING AS A TEAM TO HIGHLIGHT SUPER BOWL LOGOS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. HE CALLS THIS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. I GUESS THE ATMOSPHERE AND ENVIRONMENT ARE WHAT PRISON CAN BE. BUT BEING ABLE TO STILL GIVE BACK WHILE IN HERE, THAT IS– I THING THAT IS AMAZING. Reporter: THE ART ROOM, LIKE THE REST OF THE PRISON, IS BELOW GROUND. AND BEHIND STEEL SLIDERS. THIS WILL BE THE CLOSEST THE OFFENDERS WILL GET TO THE BIG GAME. SOMETHING I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE A PART OF, HOW CAN YOU BE A PART OF SOMETHING LIKE THAT? Reporter: PAYING OFF IN CLASS, TOO. CONTAGIOUS, SO THAT I HAVE FIVE GUYS AT OAK PARK HEIGHTS WORKING ON THESE AND OTHERS ARE COMING UP AND ASKING ME WHAT CAN I DO? Reporter: POLICE CALL IT REAL AND MEANINGFUL RESTORATIVE JUSTICE. ANY TIME I THING YOU CAN GET AN OFFENDER TO GET SOME POSITIVE CONDUCT AND POSITIVE FEEDBACK GOING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY, THAT IS A WIN/WIN SITUATION FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. Reporter: JENNIFER MAYERLE, WCCO 4 NEWS. THE ARTWORK GOES UP NEXT MONTH, IT WILL ONLY BE SEEN BY MINNEAPOLIS POLICE AND THOSE WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT ON SECURITY. AFTER THE SUPER BOWL, THE TEAM WILL IDENTIFY PLACES AROUND THE STATE, LIKE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OR YMCAs TO BE PERMANENT KEEPERS OF THE ART.

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