ATTENTION: CHANGE OF VENUE! We are now meeting on Sunday, December 17th at Barrios Unidos, located at 1807 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 95062.
The William James Association staff and board invite you to join us in celebrating fifty years of fostering arts, environment, education, and community development. We also celebrate 46 years of the Prison Arts Project, cultivating transformation and improving lives through arts engagement inside jails, prisons, and alternative high schools.
YOU have been an integral part of fulfilling our mission and we hope you will join us.
Help us celebrate and connect with past and present artist instructors, site coordinators, alumni/returning residents. staff, board members, collaborators, and community volunteers. Share your story, memories, and learn about others who have brought to fruition transformation through the ARTS.

Join us December 16 & 17 in Santa Cruz at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, located at 612 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA and Barrios Unidos, located at 1807 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 95062 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the William James Association and 46th anniversary of the Prison Arts Project. Together, we’ll share stories, make art, play music, read poetry, and raise a toast to the artists at the heart of our work and community. Friends and family welcome.

If you are looking to stay overnight, here are a few hotels in the area:

Name Location Estimated Cost
Courtyard by Marriott Santa Cruz 313 Riverside Ave $150
Santa Cruz Inn Motel 2950 Soquel Avenue $150
Best Western Plus All Suites Inn 500 Ocean St $140
Best Western Inn 126 Plymouth St $115
Ocean Pacific Lodge 301 Pacific Ave $105


11:00 AM Check-in begins
12:00 PM Welcome lunch
1:00 PM Opening circle/introductions
2:30 PM Gather
3:30 PM Creative workshops
5:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Music + recognitions + open mic
9:30 PM Close of Day 1!


10:00 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM Opening circle
11:30 AM Gather
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Creative workshops
3:30 PM Closing circle
4:30 PM Close of Day 2!