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Media Release: Harmony Project and Ohio Reformatory for Women Shatter Stereotypes and Break Down Barriers with The Big Table 2019

By August 21, 2019August 27th, 2019In the News

Marysville, OH: Harmony Project and the Ohio Reformatory for Women will partner for The Columbus Foundation’s The Big Table – a day of community building through conversations designed to connect and inspire Central Ohio.

The Big Table will bring together ORW inmates and prison staff for a shared meal – provided by Donatos Pizza – and conversation. For two hours, prison walls and bars come down, and ideas, hopes, and dreams are shared.

“We wanted to bring those on the inside closer to the people they see each day,” said David Brown, Founder and Creative Director of Harmony Project. “By bringing the ORW staff together with their inmates, and having a conversation about the future of their communities – whatever shape those may take – we’re reminding them that where they are does not define who they are. And, we are creating an opportunity where every voice is equal, and every voice is heard.”

“The theme for this year’s Big Table really resonated with us,” said Teri Baldauf, Warden at ORW. “As an institution, we are focused on reducing recidivism, so we encourage our women – and our staff – to nourish their minds while they’re here. What better conversation to have than one about the future of our community.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, August 28, at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.


Kadi McDonald
Director of Marketing, Communications, and Project Management

Harmony Project connects people across social divides through the arts, education, and volunteer community service. Working together, we are building a stronger, more inclusive community with a focus on developing a social infrastructure that unites the community for the common good.

The Ohio Reformatory for Women is a state prison for women owned and operated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in Marysville, Ohio. It opened in September 1916, when 34 female inmates were transferred from the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus. ORW is a multi-security, state facility.


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