Prison Art Resources and Allies
PRISON ARTS RESOURCE PROJECT, An Annotated Bibliography
Published by National Endowment for the Arts, May 2014
Established in 2008, the Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) serves as a national network for prison arts in the United States.
Spoon Jackson, poet, serving a life sentence in California prisons since 1977, published two books, including, By Heart: Poetry, Prison and Two Lives and Spoon is featured in the documentary At Night I Fly.
Phyllis Kornfeld’s Cellblock Visions is a beautiful collection of visual art made by people in prison
Center for the Study of Art and Communities – writing by William Cleveland
Prison/Culture, book Edited by Sharon E. Bliss, Kevin B. Chen, Steve Dickison, Mark Dean Johnson, Rebeka Rodriguez
“A Cost Benefit Analysis of the California Department of Corrections Arts in Corrections Program.” Santa Cruz, Calif.: William James Association, 1983. By Larry Brewster
Common Sense and Common Ground by William Cleveland
“Art in Other Places: Artists at Work in America’s Community and Social Institutions.” Westport Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 1992; University of Massachusetts Arts Education Service, 2000. by William Cleveland
Creativity Held Captive, by Patricia McConnel, is a great resource for sharing art inside. Patricia has served time herself, and her knowledge, and ability to express this knowledge, is deep.
McConnel, P. “Guidebook for Artists Working in Prisons.” Utah Arts Council, 1994.
Language Guide for Communicating About Those Involved In The Carceral System, from Underground Scholars.