Arts in Prison uses the arts to inspire positive change in the incarcerated, to reduce recidivism, and to reconnect ex-offenders with their communities.
The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project is a program dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to prisoners in Alabama. The program believes it’s important for the adult prison population to gain a quality education, and also to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.
Connecticut Ballet’s Juvenile Justice Outreach Program works to reach out to incarcerated and recently-released youth who can benefit from exposure to dance and other art forms. Teaching artists offer classes in disciplines such as hip hop, jazz, martial arts, African drumming, African dance, capoeira, spoken work, and visual art.
This is an incredible program for African-American boys and young men. They use myths, dramatic storytelling, and drumming as tools for self-reflection. In groups, participants discuss the transition from boyhood to manhood and what it means to be a man of honor. Alchemy has come to AS220 to run groups at our downtown Studio and the RI Training School.
Artistic Noise is an arts and entrepreneurship program for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The program provides an opportunity for participants to process and document their lives using the visual arts while learning valuable life and job skills.
This project is an initiative that fosters creativity in under-served youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn, by employing young people with juvenile offenses to design, manufacture, and distribute promotional content and other creative services.
The Prison Arts Program promotes self-examination and self-esteem in Connecticut inmates through participation in visual arts classes, exhibitions and publications, and brings the talent and creativity of the prison population to the community at large.
Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project is a visual arts and humanities project that connects teaching artists and scholars to men at Stateville Prison through classes, workshops and guest lectures.
The Prison Creative Arts Project’s mission is to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression.
The Siskiyou Arts Bus Project provides art experiences and creative opportunities, taught by helpful and skilled instructors, for many Siskiyou County children who may otherwise have little or no exposure to the arts.
Shakespeare Behind Bars offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.
Prison Performing Arts involves incarcerated youth and adults in the performing arts to inspire intellectual curiosity and personal development. They nurture the discipline, teamwork and communication skills necessary for successful re-entry into society.
Space in Prison for Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE) is an organization in which Brown student volunteers offer a variety of weekly arts workshops at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI). In addition, SPACE facilitates workshops in the Providence Center, a live-in addiction treatment and recovery service provider located on the campus of the ACI. /p>
Voices Unbroken is a Bronx-based non-profit organization that offers creative writing workshops in juvenile justice facilities, group homes, residential treatment facilities, jails, and various other alternative settings. “Voices UnBroken nurtures the inherent need in all people to tell their stories and be heard.”
This foundation helps prisoners show and sell their artwork, while acknowledging the impact of crime on victims and their families.
University Beyond Bars (UBB) exists to provide access to post-secondary education to incarcerated people of color in Washington State. They have a certificate program for Studio Art where students have the opportunity to learn new techniques, hone existing skills, or practice a new medium.
The YouthARTS Development Project, initiated in 1995, is a collaborative effort among Federal agencies, in Atlanta, GA; Portland, OR; and San Antonio, TX, designed to identify, implement, and refine effective arts-based delinquency prevention programs.
Prison Publishing & Book Programs
Prisons Foundation publishes books written by or about prisoners, at no cost to the prisoner.
The Prison Book Project is based in North Hadley, MA. They provide free reading materials to the millions of individuals imprisoned in the United States.
Providence Books Through Bars is a grassroots, nonprofit, all-volunteer prison book program established in 2003. Requests are received for reading materials from inmates nationwide. They fill orders from their library of donated books.
Artists and Bloggers Looking at Prisons
Prison Photography Blog
The Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) is an independent space providing information and resources for people creating art in and around the American prison system.
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