Arts in Corrections
- The California Arts Council has contracted with the following organizations to provide rehabilitative arts services in state correctional facilities:
Actors’ Gang – Los Angeles, CA
Summary of Services: The Actors' Gang, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Robbins, has provided theater arts programming with an emphasis on Commedia dell'Arte techniques for more than a decade. The Prison Project team works to facilitate highly physical, emotional, ensemble-based theater workshops through weekly as well as seven-day intensive sessions. The work endeavors to unlock the vast human potential of the inmates. Classes allow the participants to address and begin to heal their trauma, as well as learn to manage their emotions in a productive way.
Facilities Served: California Correctional Institution; California Institution for Men; California Institution for Women; California State Prison, Sacramento; California Rehabilitation Center; Calipatria State Prison; Ironwood State Prison
Alliance for California Traditional Arts – Fresno, CA
Summary of Services: The Alliance for California Traditional Arts provides arts programming focused on the vast and underserved field of traditional arts, rooted in cultural heritage and community-based practice. The expressions of Native American beadwork, storytelling, songwriting, African drumming, and American folk guitar and guitarra ranchera are intended as familiar and culturally relevant art forms for participants.
Facilities Served: Avenal State Prison; California City Correctional Facility; California Correctional Institution; California Institution for Men; California Institution for Women; California Rehabilitation Center; California State Prison, Corcoran; California State Prison, Los Angeles County; Central California Women’s Facility; Correctional Training Facility; Chuckawalla Valley State Prison; Ironwood State Prison; Pleasant Valley State Prison; Salinas Valley State Prison; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran; Valley State Prison
Dance Kaiso – San Francisco, CA
Summary of Services: Dance Kaiso provides residencies in Afro-Caribbean dance. Teaching artists conduct Caribbean drum/percussion and dance classes taught in a geographical, historical, and cultural context, culminating in a final presentation.
Facilities Served: Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison
Fresno Arts Council – Fresno, CA
Summary of Services: Local arts agency Fresno Arts Council values the role the arts play in all communities, believing in the benefits of increased self-awareness and success from participating in arts programming. The Council provides visual arts, music and storytelling instruction in California state correctional institutions.
Facilities Served: Avenal State Prison; California State Prison, Corcoran; Central California Women's Facility; North Kern State Prison; Pleasant Valley State Prison; Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran; Wasco State Prison
Arts Council of Kern – Bakersfield, CA
Summary of Services: The Arts Council of Kern offers a variety of classes in a range of disciplines. Poetry students learn to speak more freely and present original and existing spoken word pieces, visual arts students learn the fundamental of painting and drawing, and music programs teach the skills necessary for beginner’s guitar or ukulele. All programs culminate in a final project or performance.
Facilities Served: Kern Valley State Prison, North Kern State Prison, Wasco State Prison
InsideOut Writers – Los Angeles, CA
Summary of Services: InsideOUT uses creative writing as a catalyst for personal transformation in numerous incarceration facilities in Southern California. Professional creative writing experts will provide creative writing and literary arts programming.
Facilities Served: California City Correctional Facility, California Correctional Institution, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, Ironwood State Prison
KALW – San Francisco, CA
Summary of Services: Built on the success of their San Quentin Radio project, KALW provides an audiojournalism and engineering training program, with a team of radio professionals and their equipment helping inmates to build skills and share their stories about their experiences. Curriculum includes training in conceiving stories, pitching stories to editors, developing outlines and plans for putting together stories, sound recording, interviewing, transcribing, writing, rewriting, working with an editor, voicing stories, working with digital editing software, and enhancing stories with music or other sound.
Facilities Served: California State Prison, Solano; San Quentin State Prison
Marin Shakespeare Company – San Rafael, CA
Summary of Services: The Marin Shakespeare Company has 14 years’ experience providing programs in California state prisons, inspiring inmates and shedding light on their great potential. The company’s curriculum incorporates drama therapy techniques, Shakespeare study and performance, and the creation of autobiographical theater by inmates. Classes include check-ins designed to encourage self-reflection, skill-building exercises to encourage creativity, study of Shakespeare and how the themes from the plays relate to our own lives, and small group decision-making exercises designed to allow for the practice of conflict resolution. The program will culminate in a final performance of a Shakespeare play with costumes and props.
Facilities Served: California Health Care Facility, Stockton; California Medical Facility; California State Prison, Solano; Deuel Vocational Institution; Folsom State Prison; High Desert State Prison; San Quentin State Prison
Muckenthaler Cultural Center – Fullerton, CA
Summary of Services: Serving the at-risk and underserved members of our community has become the mission of the Muck's expanding arts education outreach program. Through Arts in Corrections, Muckenthaler will provide intensive, mini-residencies at correctional facilities, with four artists offering instruction in visual arts; hip-hop dance; storytelling; and music, focusing on traditional Yoruban rhythms.
Facilities Served: California Rehabilitation Center
Red Ladder Theatre Company – San Jose, CA
Summary of Services: Formed in 1992, Red Ladder Theatre Company has a long-standing history of serving incarcerated populations, using the tools and techniques of improvisational theater to help its participants develop positive life-skills. Guided by Red Ladder Company members, participants are encouraged to examine and solve the issues and problems that affect and often derail their lives. Through the tools and techniques of improvisational theater, participants are able to safely come to terms with, and triumph over, the forces that hamper their lives while also actively developing their abilities to make positive choices, solve problems creatively, focus on tasks, work collaboratively, learn from their mistakes, and develop leadership and self-esteem.
Facilities Served: California Health Care Facility, Stockton; Central California Women’s Facility; Correctional Training Facility; Deuel Vocational Institution; Folsom State Prison; Salinas Valley State Prison; Valley State Prison
Riverside Arts Council – Riverside, CA
Summary of Services: The Riverside Arts Council will offer sessions in contemporary and Shakespearean theater, incorporating exercises involving movement, voice, storytelling, improvisation, scene study and character development. Culminating performances conclude each session. Within the framework of this program is an underlying therapeutic value. The performing of these projects leads to a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Facilities Served: California Rehabilitation Center, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women
Prison Arts Collective at California State University, San Bernardino – San Bernardino, CA
Summary of Services: California State University of San Bernardino provides visual and interdisciplinary arts programming to those incarcerated in the California prison system, specifically through the model created in the Prison Arts Collective at the university. The project offers a vibrant and effective approach to rehabilitation through visual arts and creative writing, integrating principles of restorative justice through a rich and varied approach to the creative process that includes art appreciation, art making, and reflection.
Facilities Served: California Institution for Men; California Institution for Women; California Rehabilitation Center; California State Prison, Los Angeles County
William James Association – Santa Cruz, CA
Summary of Services: The William James Association has a 40-year history of developing, managing and funding multi-disciplinary fine arts programs for incarcerated and at-risk individuals, working with organizations from National Endowment for the Arts to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office to provide fine arts services in correctional settings. WJA will provide Arts in Corrections programming spanning the fields of music, visual arts, theater, and writing.
Facilities Served: California Correctional Center; California Institution for Men; California Institution for Women; California Medical Facility; California Men’s Colony; California Rehabilitation Center; California State Prison, Sacramento; California State Prison, Solano; Centinela State Prison; Central California Women's Facility; High Desert State Prison; Mule Creek State Prison; Pelican Bay State Prison; R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility at Rock Mountain; San Quentin State Prison; Sierra Conservation Center