about the program
California Arts in Corrections
Arts in Corrections is a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council designed to prepare incarcerated individuals for success upon release, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons.
California’s Arts in Corrections program is made possible by funding from the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at CDCR.
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.
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.
As of June 2017, arts programming is provided in all 35 state adult correctional institutions.
About the partners
California Arts Council
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity.
The Arts in Corrections program is deeply tied to the California Arts Council’s belief in the power of the arts to inspire change, transformation, and growth. With each arts engagement comes a new opportunity to tap an individual's creativity, illustrate their potential, and strengthen resolve.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
CDCR enhances public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.
The goal of the Arts in Corrections program is to expose offenders to courses where they can express themselves therapeutically through drawing, writing, dancing, poetry, acting, and other artistic methods.