Arts in Corrections is a partnership between CDCR and the California Arts Council to combat recidivism, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons.
Arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions—a significant increase from the 20 institutions served by the program in the previous fiscal year.
Administered by the California Arts Council, services provided span the full spectrum of art disciplines, with organizations offering instruction in theater, guitar, dance, creative writing, and Native American beadwork, among many others.
California’s Arts in Corrections program is made possible by funding from the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Since the program’s re-launch in 2013, CDCR’s investment has increased from $2.5 million in the first two years to an $8 million annual commitment. California’s Arts in Corrections program has become internationally renowned for its high-impact, innovative approach to addressing the state's critical public safety needs and rehabilitative priorities through the arts.