Prison Arts Blog

Video Archive of Art in Prisons – California

California Arts-in-Corrections video recordings are now available as part of the California Light and Sound Collection on the Internet Archive.  (California Light and Sound is a digitizing project of the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP).  Shout...

Arts in Corrections Alumni Outreach

The William James Association is doing research to measure how and to what extent Arts in Corrections has affected those who participated in it.  We hope that you will help us with this research by sharing your own experiences of the program. We are looking for...

Call for Teaching Artists – Santa Cruz

William James Association's Community Youth Arts Project is looking for visual artists to teach teenagers in Alternative High Schools throughout Santa Cruz County. The mission of the Community Youth Arts Project (CYAP) is to provide quality, in-depth arts experiences...

SVSP Writers on “First Person Singular” Podcast from KUSP

    These pieces were written and recorded by students of Magdalena Zschokke in an Arts in Corrections Creative Writing Class at Salinas Valley State Prison in the spring of 2015. Magdalena the Inventor —April 6, 2015 Trey divides his time —April 22,...

Prison Arts Panel on Alcatraz, short film

A panel of artists who are formerly incarcerated, share of their experience of art programming while behind bars. Art acts as an oasis in a stark environment and helps shift one's mindset towards a search for inspiration in whatever circumstances. Thanks to Visceral...

Trust the Spirits

Trust the Spirits (LONG CUT) by Benjamin Garcia Candelaria. Check out this video that features Henry Frank, an amazing Native American artist who played a big role in the San Quentin studio for many years and is out now and making art like crazy.

Art & The Prison Crisis

Made by Eric Thiermann & Mark Schwartz of Impact Production in 1982, this documentary showcases Arts in Corrections in its early days.  The lapels aren't as wide, but everything in the video holds up today. Gaining tremendous support and momentum over the past...

GOOD MAN — A Prison Arts Project Story

GOOD MAN — A Prison Arts Project Story from David Swope. After spending over eight years at San Quentin, Ronnie Goodman got "another chance at life." David Swope partnered with Curtis Myers and Nick Kova to produce this pro bono short film about hope and...