Steven D. Correia
Steven D. Correia spoke to our Collaborative Arts Incubator class twice. During those conversations, Steven was a pleasure to talk to, and answered our many questions about art and life. Like so many others, he was a victim to the abuse of solitary confinement, where he endured 8 and a half months of time. Steven said that while in solitary confinement, “you feel you have nothing left in this world. It is not monitored, so traumatic things and brutality happen there.” Steven spoke highly of the Empowering Song class, which he took many times with Andre and Judy. Steven said that the Empowering Song approach was uplifting to him because it taught him to “appreciate life and see things differently.” Steven spoke about having different lenses in which to see things, and said that both his mind and spirit expanded through the class. Although he mentioned that the class wasn’t easy (André and Judy have high expectations), he said that it brought his and his classmates’ humanity back, and that he was able to “reconnect with the goodness in folks.” Steven has hopes to study for a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Sociology, and is interested in helping people.