Zoe was interviewed by Ellen Fondiler for her UNLOCKED blog. Excerpt from the interview:
Some of the most important stories come from people currently behind bars. The fact that people that are suffering that much can still make art is beyond inspiring to me. I want to amplify their voices.
I don’t want their work — and their stories — to go unheard.
I have other motivations for doing this work, too.
For starters: there are studies that show that art and music programs in prisons lower the incidence of violence within the prison as well as significantly lower the recidivism rates for those involved in such programs. This benefits everyone: the prison, the incarcerated people, and the society that these people will eventually re-enter.
Music can provide an outlet, it is humanizing.
I believe that music can help to stop the cycle of incarceration.