California Arts Council

State of California

Arts-in-Corrections

 

  • In partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Arts Council has contracted with the following organizations to provide rehabilitative arts services in state correctional facilities:

  • Actors’ Gang - Los Angeles, CA
    Service facilities: California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Rehabilitation Center, California State Prison-Los Angeles County, High Desert State Prison.
    Summary of Services: The Actors' Gang, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Robbins, launched The Actors' Gang Prison Project in 2006. For close to a decade, experts from The Actors' Gang have provided privately-funded theater arts programming with an emphasis on Commedia dell'Arte techniques. This is the first year that programming of the Actor's Gang Prison Project will now expand to High Desert State Prison.

    Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) - Fresno, CA
    Service facilities: Pleasant Valley State Prison, Valley State Prison, and California State Prison – Corcoran, California State Prison, Los Angeles County. (NOTE: Other institutions in the Central Valley and Los Angeles areas may be included later if these facilities noted are at capacity.)
    Summary of Services: The Alliance for California Traditional Arts promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future through the arts. Master teaching artists of traditional expressions will provide residencies Arts-in-Corrections programming in Mexican jarocho music and verse composition, Native American beadwork, African American storytelling, songwriting, and African drumming, Chicano poetry, and/or other traditional arts disciplines in California state correctional institutions.

    Dance Kaiso - San Francisco, CA
    Service facility: Central Coast Region - Salinas Valley State Prison
    Summary of Services: Dance Kaiso provides residencies in Afro-Caribbean dance. Teaching artists will conduct Caribbean drum/percussion and dance classes taught in a geographical, historical, and cultural context, culminating in a final presentation.

    Fresno Arts Council – Fresno, CA
    - Service facilities: Kern Valley State Prison, California State Prison-Corcoran, Pleasant Valley State Prison, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility-Corcoran, Valley State Prison
    - Summary of Services: Local arts agency Fresno Arts Council, in partnership with fellow local arts agency Arts Council of Kern, will provide visual arts, music, creative writing and theater in California state correctional institutions.

    Inside Out Writers – Los Angeles, CA
    Service facilities: Ironwood State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison. (NOTE: Other institutions in the Central Valley and Los Angeles areas may be included later if these facilities noted are at capacity.)
    Summary of Services: InsideOUT uses creative writing as a catalyst for personal transformation and has worked in numerous incarceration facilities in southern California. Professional creative writing experts will provide creative writing and literary arts programming.

    Marin Shakespeare Company - San Rafael, CA
    Service facilities: San Quentin State Prison, California State Prison – Solano, and High Desert State Prison
    Summary of Services: Marin Shakespeare Company's successful "Shakespeare at San Quentin" theater program will expand, and a new program will launch at Solano Prison, with classes focused on the creation of original autobiographical theater pieces written and performed by inmates, inspired by themes chosen from Shakespeare. This is the first year the organization will expand to High Desert.

    Muckenthaler Cultural Center - Fullerton, CA
    Service facilities: California Rehabilitation Center, Ironwood State Prison. (NOTE: Other institutions in the Central Valley and Los Angeles areas may be included later if these facilities noted are at capacity.)
    Summary of Services: The Muckenthaler Cultural Center provides the public with experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination, both at its location in Orange County, and through innovative outreach programs like Arts-in-Corrections. Muckenthaler arts providers will provide programming in storytelling, visual arts, and hip-hop dance.

    Red Ladder Theatre Company / Silicon Valley Creates - San Jose, CA
    Service facility: Central Coast Region - Salinas Valley State Prison
    Summary of Services: Silicon Valley Creates, an organization with the mission to ignite investment and engagement in arts and creativity, will provide workshops from the Red Ladder Theatre Company, a team of theatrical professionals who empower disenfranchised populations by helping them develop positive life-skills through the art form of theater. Inmates will participate in workshops focused on the creative process and tools and techniques of improvisational theater.

    Strindberg Laboratory - Los Angeles, CA
    Service facilities: California State Prison-Los Angeles County (NOTE: Other institutions in the Central Valley and Los Angeles areas may be included later if these facilities noted are at capacity.)
    Summary of Services: The Strindberg Laboratory offers theatre workshops as a transformative tool to cope with financial, physical, and emotional challenges, and has been working in Los Angeles area jails, rehabilitation, homeless, and related facilities. Theatrical professionals will provide workshops with an aim towards group unity and production.

    William James Association- Santa Cruz, CA
    Service facilities: Pelican Bay State Prison, High Desert State Prison, California State Prison – Sacramento, Mule Creek State Prison, Sierra Conservation Center, San Quentin State Prison, California State Prison-Solano, Salinas Valley State Prison, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Rehabilitation Center, California State Prison-Los Angeles, Centinela State Prison.
    Summary of Services: The William James Association (WJA) has a 37-year history in Arts-in-Corrections and has worked with the California Department of Corrections, the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the California Department of Mental Health, and various local-government correctional and educational facilities. WJA will provide Arts-in-Corrections services in a wide variety of arts disciplines (music, visual arts, theater, storytelling, and others). While WJA is the principal contractor, the organization has developed partnerships with others to provide programming for this contract. Official partners include: Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness, Jail Guitar Doors, Playwrights Project, and Project PAINT (The Prison Arts INiTiative).