A Road Less Traveled Tour

with Eric Genuis

Bringing inspiration and hope to those on the fringe of society in detention centers, rehab facilities, nursing homes and prisons.

 

The ‘Forgotten Ones’ of Society

2.2 million people are currently incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails– a rate of incarceration far higher than any other industrialized nation in the world.  We have seen an unprecedented 500% increase in incarcerations in the United States over the past thirty years.  According to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, as of April 2015 an average of $49 billion of state taxpayer funds goes to corrections.  The costs have risen significantly in recent decades, with both the number of persons in prisons and the length of time of incarceration on the rise.

The latest data from a September 2005 study revealed the recidivism (return to prison) rates for released prisoners in the United States of America is 60%.  This suggests that incarceration for most of those in our prisons is not a school of behavioral transformation.  On the contrary, prisons often foster an atmosphere of violence, hatred, bigotry, and dominance.  Violence within our prisons is a common problem, fostering an aggressive mentality to cope with the omnipresent threats.  These coping mechanisms can lock a person into a cycle of negative behaviors which, for those who are released, continue to be a part of the person’s ways of dealing with those around them.  This could suggest, in part, why the rate of recidivism is so high.  The goal of behavioral transformation and rehabilitation is not being realized for the majority of those “doing time”.

 

Proposal:

Creating opportunities for those on the fringe of society in prisons, rehab facilities, detention centers, and nursing homes to experience beauty and goodness in the midst of their realities can have positive, long-lasting, and transformative effects upon those who participate in those experiences.

It is my hope to facilitate a powerful encounter with beauty and goodness to tens of thousands of “the least in society” in order to elevate their human condition, bring inspiration, recognize their innate dignity and give hope.

Testimonials

“I served eight years in the Marine Corps including three deployments to Iraq. I have suffered greatly with many problems resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The music of a man named Eric Genuis has brought great peace to me. I have not had this kind of peace in my life in many years. I attended a live concert by Eric Genuis and it brought more healing than anything thus far. My life was clearly changed and touched the day I saw his concert. Thank you so much, Eric. This was a great gift.”

–Corporal Brent Wood, USMC

 

“My mother has Alzheimer’s Disease.  We attended together a concert performed by Eric Genuis at her nursing home facility in Kohler, WI.  As Eric played I watched my mother intently.  Her face lit up, and became so attentive and expressive.  It was the first time I had seen her so expressive in such a very long time.  “

 -Klaudia Seigert, Sheboygan Fall, WI

 

A Letter From An Inmate

Peace be upon you,
Mr . Genuis i don’t know if you knew this but that prison you visited was full of men dying from various diseases, the blind, the deaf, the physical and mentally handicapped.  the reason i am telling you this is because i want you to truly understand what your Concert meant to me and i am but just one man in a large packed crowd that few have ever met except for your musicians and how much that moments residual will last a lifetime. it was up until your visit, that i had never experienced another persons love for the least of society. family visits in prison are rare for the majority. i know that any given weekend that 3 out of 50 men would get a visit. i met men who outlived every relative, men such as myself whose wives found other husbands. i had lost everything and everyone that made up my life. i think the most intense and constant pain was the mail call on weekdays, it is truly possible to be packed like a sardine and be completely lonely. i am not sure what was most memorable that day; the love for humanity in the eyes of all those beautifully talented proffessionals or the music that none of us has ever heard. your music minestered to the heart and soul and its healing brought hope in a world of concrete, steel, and razor wires.  one thing is for sure is that i never want to forget what it feels like to love the undesireables. theres no way any of us prisoners could repay you for your service. i can only thank you for all my fellow inmates…my name is enrique g. and i wanted to personally Thank You for the most Wonderful Concert you gave on August 30, at the T.D.C.J. Estelle Unit/Regional Medical Facility in Huntsville, Tx.

In Messiah,

enriquecer153 (tdcj#1291615)

 

“Mr. Genuis, the Orange County Corrections Department, Youthful Offenders population would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the awesome performance on May 15, 2013. Words cannot express the passions, emotions and beauty that was displayed during the concert. The young ladies who accompanied you are a tribute to the possibilities that we have choices for positive change. As you and the group performed, I saw tears and expressions of joy flooding the souls of these young people, as well as the adults. The song Butterfly is so beautiful and takes the senses to another place in time.” 

–Diane Johnson-Carwise, and Angeli Williams, Sr. Community Corrections Officers