This article traces the progress of a social theory-based university art education program in which undergraduate majors teach art to incarcerated youth. It addresses and goes beyond the editor's question, "What imagery lies 'outside' art educators' accepted sphere?" Not only is the imagery of these populations out of sight, but so are the sites of incarceration themselves, they exist not only outside the purview of the art education field, but of nearly every sector of society except the police. Even their families are often "out of sight." The readable, conversational format is a political choice. I offer an alternative to the jargon-heavy, "objective" voice of traditional scholarship. My target audience is not only university faculty, but also students and classroom teachers who will read this article because they want to rather than simply because it was assigned. Perhaps these conversations will remove stereotypes in some readers' minds or even pave the way for them to become involved with incarcerated populations.


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