The Arts of Desistance
The Impact of the Koestler Arts Mentoring Scheme
Reports on the impact of our work include The Arts of Desistance, (Dr Leonidas Cheliotis, London School of Economics, 2014), which studied the impact of our arts mentoring scheme over the course of six years.
Since 2007, we have supported ex-offenders in continuing their artistic engagement by matching them with a specially trained arts mentor.
The mentees developed greater confidence in their abilities, became more driven to achieve success, conceptualised their future in ways opposed to crime, and increased their expectations of staying free from crime. These are all very important outcomes, given that the way individuals think and talk about themselves shapes their future behaviour.Dr Leonidas Cheliotis
The research found long-term positive effects on the mentored offenders, especially pro-social attitudes that reduce the likelihood of reoffending. Unemployment among the sample group fell from 50% to 33%. Of the total of 94 mentees, 68% had been in prison for serious violent or sexual offences; 14% were known to have reoffended or been recalled to prison during or since their arts mentoring.
To coincide with the academic launch, we produced a brochure showcasing the talent and achievements of Koestler mentees from 2007–2014.