Zoot Velasco
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Arts In Institutions

Arts behind the wall

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Arts in Institutions

Zoot has designed arts & cultural programs specifically for prisons, foster care, juvenile facilities, hospitals and mental wards. Special populations take special programs and special people leading those programs with the right training. Zoot started as an artist in hospitals, juvenile halls and prisons for 12 years before leading and designing programs for CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, CA Arts Council, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, Arts In Corrections, Crittenton Foster Care, Optimist Homes, and others. His programs have been used as youth deterrent programs, re-entry programs, and some have been used as inspiration for films and featured in collections at the Getty Museum and Library of Congress.