California Arts Council Seeks Arts Providers at State Correctional Institutions

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Arts Council (CAC) is now accepting proposals from organizations interested in providing arts services promoting healing and well-being as part of California’s Arts in Corrections (AIC) program. Organizations of all sizes are encouraged to submit programming proposals for up to $110,000 that broaden the art and cultural disciplines of institution workshops.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) announced today seeks to contract with new, current, and returning Coordinating Organizations to provide AIC programming that promotes healing and well-being through creativity to replace expiring contracts.

A list of art discipline priorities for each state correctional facility is available within the RFP guidelines to assist organizations in designing their proposals.

About the RFP Process

As part of the CAC’s effort to simplify the submission process and increase access, equity, and inclusion among interested organizations, the RFP includes plain-language templated forms and instructions for submission guidance. The newly released RFP will be submitted electronically. No hard copy forms or documents and no USB thumb drives will be required to submit a complete proposal package. Additionally, award amount limits have been adjusted to expand opportunities for additional proposers to be successful in competing within the regions. An optional feedback survey is also included to help the CAC continue to gain insight on how to further streamline the process for future RFPs.

Read the Request for Proposals and download available attachments here. These documents are also available for download through the Cal eProcure marketplace.

Webinar and Q&A Resources

The CAC will conduct a webinar on this RFP on Monday, July 3, 2023, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. PDT. Interested parties must register online to participate in the webinar. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and published online.

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted through a public inquiry process. Email AIC Analyst Jonathan Estrada before 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, July 3, 2023. All questions and responses from the webinar and the RFP process will be made available to the public no later than Friday, July 7, 2023 at 5 p.m. PDT.

The final deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, July 24, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

About Arts in Corrections

Arts in Corrections is a partnership between the CAC and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) designed to have a positive impact on the social and emotional well-being of people experiencing incarceration, promoting healing and interpersonal transformation both inside and outside of the boundaries of their institutions.
The program upholds the following values:

  • People experiencing incarceration are deserving of dignity and respect.
  • Policies should dismantle the root causes of incarceration.
  • Community-based interventions reduce harm and make communities safer by replacing state-sanctioned systems of retribution and punishment.
  • Individual and collective accountability for harm, and the healing of trauma, can create a more safe and just society for all.

California’s Arts in Corrections program is made possible by funding from the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at CDCR. Services provided span the full spectrum of art disciplines, with organizations offering instruction in visual; literary; media; performing; and cultural, folk, and traditional arts.

Since the program’s re-launch in the 2013-14 fiscal year, CDCR’s investment has increased from $2.5 million in the first two years to an $8 million annual commitment. As of June 2017, arts programming is provided at all 35 state adult correctional facilities.

For more information about the program, including a list of all current Coordinating Organizations, visit the California Arts in Corrections website.

Media Inquiries Only:
Kimberly Brown
Public Affairs Specialist

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The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Consuelo Montoya, Chair; Vicki Estrada, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke; Caleb Duarte; Ellen Gavin; Leah Goodwin; Alex Israel; Phil Mercado; Roxanne Messina Captor; Nicola Miner; and Olivia Raynor. Learn more at

The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit To read this announcement in Spanish, please use the website’s Google Translate tool by clicking the “Translate” link in the upper righthand corner of this page.

El Consejo de las Artes de California se compromete a aumentar la accesibilidad de sus contenidos en línea. Para obtener ayuda con el idioma y la accesibilidad, visite leer este anuncio en español, utilice la herramienta Google Translate del sitio web haciendo clic en el enlace “Traducir” situado en la esquina superior derecha de esta página.

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