News articles are organized chronologically by year. For another collection of news articles on prison arts, visit Prison Arts in the News.

Meet The Utah Artist Crocheting Her Way To a New Life by Ellen Fagg Weist from the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

How a Prison Play Goes on Tour by Jack Healy from the New York Times (2019)

Outside Prison Walls: Waiting, Spinning, Flying by Brian Seibert from the New York Times (2019)

Reframing the Landscape of Justice with California Lawyers for the Arts by Alma Robinson, Charlotte Armstrong, and Kyle Kate Dudley from California Lawyers for the Arts (2019)

Prison writing exhibit ‘SEEN’ is made even richer with portraits by Jim Walsh from Minnpost (2019)

The Dancer Thieves: A Second Chance for Prisoners in Burkina Faso by Sam Steele and Lali Houghton from Al Jazeera (2019)

Colorado Inmates Take ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ On Tour, And Discover Theater As Rehabilitation by Avery Lill for CPR News (2019)

For the Incarcerated, Drawing Is a Lifeline by Hilarie M. Sheets for the New York Times (2019)

Where Art and Rural Incarceration Meet by Celina Fang for The Marshall Project (2019)

‘We Have Faces Too’: An Exhibition Shows Life in San Quentin by Jill Cowan for the New York Times (2019)

San Quentin prisoners reframe photos to share their stories by Anna Furman for The Guardian (2019)

What Incarcerated Writers Want the Literary Community to Understand by Caits Meissner for the Literary Hub (2019)

Can the arts transform our prisons? from the (2019)

Inmates and their children gather at first family dance in new program at Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution by Amanda Blanco for the Hartford Courant (2019)

Songwriting and singing help build arts-based community at Oakdale by Mary Trachsel for the Iowa City Press Citizen (2019)

In America, art is helping prisoners adapt to life outside The Economist (2019)

Silence Speaking Volumes: Artists Confront the Culture of Incarceration by Siddhartha Mitter for The New York Times (2019)

How a Prison Writing Group Is Helping Inmates Find Their Voice by James Bigley II for Cleveland Magazine (2019)

Teaching Art and the History of Tattoos at Rikers Island: An Interview with Tamara Santibanez by Lisa Jean Moore for Metro Politics (2019)

Expressions of Hope: Arts in Corrections program offers refuge for San Quentin inmates by Charlie Swanson for Pacific Sun (2019)

How Prisoners Brought ‘Death of a Salesman’ to Life by Seth Piccolo for The Marshall Project (2018)

Alaskan prisoners make are to benefit regional nonprofits and find redemption by Alex McCarthy for the Juneau Empire (2018)

Prison art: ‘I never thought so many people would read my words’ by Tom Faber for the Financial Times (2018)

Shining a Light on Life Behind Bars by Ella Fassler for The Nation (2018)

This DC Author Wrote a Popular Prison Novel. His Own Story Has Some Big Twists. by Rob Brunner for The Washingtonian (2018)

Separated by Imprisonment, Siblings’ Self-Pub Photobook Reflects on Art, Freedom and Justice by Pete Brooks for Prison Photography (2018)

Capitalizing on justice: the prisoners using art to challenge the system by Caleb Gayle for The Guardian (2018)

Offering an avenue to redemption: WSU professor instructs prison art program to benefit California inmates by Alysen Boston for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News (2018)

Through his art, a former prisoner diagnoses the systemic sickness of Florida’s penitentiaries by Nicole Fleetwood for The Conversation (2018)

Ghostwriters: Inmates use theater to tell their story by Dallis Ontiveros for WKYMA (2018)

Meet Laurel Butler of Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network ACT TWO Program VoyageLA (2018)

Prison art market has its limits by Anne Hillman for Alaska Public Media (2018)

KALW Brings the Magic of a Radio Storytelling Project to Solano Prison by Eli Wirtschafter for the Association for Continuing Education (2018)

Freedom in Captivity: How Mindfulness Has Helped Me Cope with Life in Prison and Transformed My Life  by Scott Brooks for Everyday Mindfulness (2018)

Echo Yard, where normal prison rules no longer apply by Peter Rowe for the San Diego Union-Tribune (2018)

What Would It Take to Actually See What Life Is Like in Prison? by John Washington for The Nation (2018)

Making Musical Connections at Sing Sing Prison by Jeff Lunden for NPR (2018)

‘Our Minds are Still Free:’ These Former Prisoners Find Strength Through Poetry by Tyrone Turner for WAMU (2018)

Voices: Nicola White by Mary Kate DeLucco for Death Penalty Focus (2018)

The Ultimate Insider Art by Jeremy Olds for The Marshall Project (2018)

It’s Time to Talk Social Justice: Isaac Wingfield & the Humanize the Numbers Prison Photography Workshop by the Society for Photographic Education for Exposure Magazine (2018)

The American Prison Writing Archive by Gila Lyons for Poets & Writers (2018)

“Art exhibit shines light on incarcerated women in Minnesota” by Andy Mannix for the Star Tribune (2018)

“Photos: What People Locked Up For 23 Hours A Day Yearn To See” by Victoria Law for Gothamist (2017)

“These images capture the dream life of prisoners in solitary confinement” by Hanna Kozlowska for Quartz (2017)

Opera in Attica: Arias at a Maximum-Security Prison by Michael Cooper for the New York Time (2017)

Film Shows What Happens When Dartmouth Students and Incarcerated Women Meet by Peter Biello for NHPR (2017)

California’s ambitious arts-in-prison program celebrates its Santa Cruz roots by Wallance Baine for the Santa Cruz Sentinel (2017)

Tales of Self-Harm, Suicide Attempts at Valley Detention Center for Immigrant Children by Jessie Knadler for WMRA (2017)

“How death row inmates at San Quentin are using poetry to examine the prison system — and themselves” by Elizabeth Flock for PBS News Hour (2017)

Florida Inmates Write Poems For Their Mothers by Wilson Sayre for WLRN (2017)

“Tatiana von Furstenberg Curates an Exhibit of Art From Inside Prisons” by Valeriya Safronova for the NY Times (2016)

“Fridays with the Guys” by Erich Burnett for Oberlin Conservatory Magazine (2016)

“Written Through the Prison Wall, Play Reveals One Woman’s Experience of Solitary Confinement” by  Vaidya Gullapalli for Solitary Watch (2016)

“Inside a Maximum Security Prison’s Production of The Wiz” by Andy Campbell for the Huffington Post (2016)

“Poetry in Prison: Alaska inmates find creative outlet – and national recognition – through art” by Hope Miller for Alaska Dispatch News (2016)

“Mary Cohen Brings Music to Prisons” by Vanessa Miller for The Gazette (2016)

“Learning Empathy through art in prison: Miramar professor creates inmate painting program” by Gary Warth for The San Diego Union-Tribune (2016)

“Bookshop displays prison art” by Kendra Craighead for Campus Times (2016)

“From inmates to art students” by Jessica Cejnar for the Del Norte Triplicate (2016)

“Talking with … A teacher who unlocks prisoners’ inner artist” by Drew Himmelstein for JWeekly (2016)

“Jailed for 40 years, a prisoner reaches the outside world with his art” by AM Brune for The Guardian (2016)

Author’s Note on”HEAR ME, SEE ME: Incarcerated Women Write,” by Sarah W. Bartlett in The Mom Egg (2015)

“Boulder dance program offers women in prison a taste of ‘freedom'” by Aimee Heckel for the Daily Camera (2015)

OF NOTE Magazine: The Imprisoned Issue (2015)

“Women of York: Shared Dining” Press Release by the Brooklyn Museum (2015)

“Community AR in Action: Making the World Bigger and Being a Human Sharing in Other Human Experiences” by Bruce Levitt for Action Research Plus (2015)

“In ‘Whorl Inside a Loop,’ Prisoners’ Fingerprints in Tales of Inmate Lives” by Alexis Soloski for the NYTimes (2015)

“What the Warden Doesn’t Know” by Treacy Ziegler for Broad Street Review (2015)

“When a Cartoonist Landed in L.A. County Jail, She Drew What She Saw, Using Only a Golf Pencil” by Elana Pritchard for LA Weekly (2015)

“Art Offers Rare Positive for Inmates” by Dana Littlefield for the San Diego Union Tribune (2015)

“How long has it been since you smelled a flower?” guest edited and with an introduction by Richard Shelton for Orion Magazine (2015)

History Written as Beauty: Incarcerated Women Write” by Sarah W. Bartlett, Wellesley College Review of Books (2015)

Barred Art: Reflections on a Prison Art Show by David Gussak Ph.D., ATR-BC for Psychology Today (2015)

“Community Connections: Bruce Levitt – Outside, Coming In” by Marjorie Olds for (2014)

“What does it say if dogs get better treatment than inmates?” by Spoon Jackson for the Sacramento Bee (2014)

“How A Prison Arts Program Helped To Transform One Homeless Veteran’s Life” by Priscilla Frank for the Huffington Post (2014)

“An artist sent prisoners blank postcards – look at what he got back” by Ariel Min for PBS (2014)

“What Kind of Prison Might the Inmates Design?” by Lee Romney for LA Times (2014)

“Inmates complete mural at Santa Cruz County’s Rountree jail” by Stephen Baxter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel (2014)

““Without the Wall” explores identity and incarceration at Philadelphia’s City Hall” by Rachel Heidenry for (2014)

“The Art of Absolute Loneliness” by Treacy Ziegler for Broad Street Review (2014)

“A Playwright Seeks Healing With His Work” by Felicia Lee for the NY Times (2014)

“Freedom of a Moth” by Treacy Ziegler for Broad Street Review (2014)

“Prison Art is Taking Off” by David Vogner for Huffington Post (2013)

“Danish artist plans to gold plate death row body” by Phaidon News (2013)

“In Prison, the Artist in Skakel Came Out” by Alison Leigh Cowan for NY Times (2013)

“Prisoners In Solitary Confinement Requested Photos Of The Outside World — And Here They Are” by Priscilla Frank for the Huffington Post (2013)

“Young New Yorkers: Restorative Justice through Public Art” by Rachel Barnard for Urban Omnibus (2013)

“Sketching Prison Cells as an Act of Resistance” by Prison Photography (2013)

“Visible Men” by Helen Elaine Lee for The New York Times (2013)

“Young Inmates Find a Voice through Short Films” by Daniel E. Slotnik for The New York Times (2013)

“The Power of Poetry in Education” by David Domenici for JJIE (2013)

“Program helps lift El Paso probationers” by Adriana Chavez for El Paso Times (2013)

“Unique Writing Program Decreases Violence at the County Jail” by Heather Mills for KOB Eyewitness News (2013)

“Knitting Behind Bars: Inmates Escape Prison Life with Yarn” by TJ Winick and Jackie Jesko for ABC Nightline (2013)

“Death-row prisoners’ artworks: the story of a unique collaboration” by Charley John for The Guardian (2013)

“Fortune Society Creates Drama at Sing Sing” by Philip Boroff for Businessweek (2012)

“Photographing California’s Prison Art, Murals, Solitary Cells: A Conversation with Stefan Ruiz by Prison Photography (2012)

“Yoga: How we Serve Women in Prison” by Rob Schware for Huffington Post (2012)

“‘Prison Has its Own Arts Culture’: Curator Dave Adler on the Clocktower’s Poignant Inmate Photo Show” by Chloe Wyma for Blouin ArtInfo (2012)

“‘Mobile Unit’ Interview: Staging Shakespeare In The Prisons Of New York City (VIDEO)” by Hallie Sekoff for Huffington Post (2012)

“For Kids in Juvenile Detention, Creating Hope through Writing and Art” by David Inocencio for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (2012)

“Poetic Justice Project Makes Theater Behind Bars” by Sarah Linn for KCET’s ArtBound (2012)

“Sentenced to Shakespeare:  Courts and Theater Company Join Forces” by Simi Horwitz for (2012)

“The Last Words: Texas Death Row Inmates’ Final Statements” by Dylan Lathrop for GOOD News (2012)

“Writing Dangerously: The Cornell Prison Education Program provides a sanctuary behind bars” by Edward Hower for the Cornell Alumni Magazine (2012)

“Artists as Teachers in Prison” by Daniel Grant for The Huffington Post (2012)

“Prison arts: reflections from a curator” by Janie Paul for Play Gallery (2011)

“Good News Series: Youth Inmates Share Their Stories” by Hélène Biandudi for WXXI News (2011)

“Murals set free from Prison” by Peter Crimmins for Newsworks (2011)

“Beauty in a Prison Camp” by Leslie Newell Peacock for the Arkansas Times (2011)

“Don’t Hate the Player: Radio project reaches out to inmates and their families, breaking the silence around America’s prisons” by Marisa Demarco for the Alibi (2011)

“Incarcerated Women’s Play Makes Public Premiere” by Max Freund for the Daily Iowan (2011)

“Kyes Stevens and her Prison Arts Project Change Women’s Lives” by Ann Hermes for the Christian Science Monitor (2011)

“Rebel without a cause: Prison art and fashion makes its way into the mainstream” by Aimee Heckel (2011)

“The Boards: Life Stories” by Ian Frazier for The New Yorker (2011)

“Dangerous Worlds: Teaching Film in Prison” by Anne Snitow for Dissent Magazine (2011)

“San Quentin prisoners steal show with Shakespeare” by Kevin Fagan for the San Francisco Chronicle (2011)

“Safety Valve for Inmates, the Arts, Fades in California” by Adam Nagourney for the New York Times (2011)

“Art Helping Texas inmate Cope with Prison, Prepare for Life After” by Allen Hoye for Kitsap Sun (2011)

“Learning with the incarcerated Drives Students to Action” by Wendy Jason (2011)

“By Art, By Heart: The Journey of a Prisoner and a Poet” by Wendy Jason (2011)

“Unlocking Creativity Behind Bars” by Wendy Jason (2010)

“The Heartful Dodger: A charismatic ex-con lures at-risk kids away from violence” by Alix Sharkey for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (2010)

“Artists as Teachers in Prison” by Daniel Grant for the Huffington Post (2010)

“A Chance for Prisoners to Act Like Human Beings” by Wendy Jason (2010)

“Some Day I Won’t be Alone: Building Bridges with Children of Incarcerated Parents” by Wendy Jason (2010)

“Writing for Redemption” by Wendy Jason (2010)

“A Stitch and Time” by Beth Slovic (2010)

“Collaborative Art Fractures Prison Walls” by Tikkun Daily for Alternet (2010)

“Graduation at Arthur Kill: Eugene Lang College Plays Vital Role” (2010)

“With each abstract acrylic, Pennsylvania inmate seeks to draw freedom to himself” by David Zucchino for LA Times (2009)

“Inmates’ show won’t go on” by Adam Bosch (2009)

“Time In: the life of female inmates” by Hudson Valley Press (2009)

“Changing Prison Stereotypes: Art Programs Open Creativity and Opportunity to Inmates” by Jerry Hames (2009)

Life Inside — Lowrider Art Show in Prison by Lowrider Arte Staff (2009)

“Flying Over The Fence” by Jessi De La Cruz (2009)

“Oakdale Prison Community Choir creates unique learning opportunities” University of Iowa News Release (2009)

“A Conversation with Agnes Wilcox, Actor, Director, Founder of Prison Performing Arts” by Jeannette Cooperman for St. Louis Magazine (2008)

“Painting A New Picture“ by Frank Rubino (2008)

“Arts in Corrections” by Boston Woodard (2008)

“Editor’s Column: Prison, Activism, and the Academy — A Roundtable with Buzz Alexander, Bell Gale Chevigny, Stephen John Hartnett, Janie Paul, and Judith Tannenbaum” by Patricia Yaeger (2008)

“Prison Art: Pañuelos” by Susan Frost (2005)

“Inside/Out: Prisoners Write Poems and Prose to Find Peace Inside the Stillwater Correctional Facility” for WakeMag (2004)

“LESSONS; Making Fairy Tale into Learning Tool by Richard Rothstein for the New Yrk Times (2002)

“Cellblock Cues: On the inside, prison music and theater programs have positive powers” by Tim Menees for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2001)

“Extension Artsreach Unlocks Inmate Talent” by Beverly Beyette for the LA Times (1985)

“The Law: Prison Playwright” Time Magazine (1973)