Midwest – East North Central

Please note: The Justice Arts Coalition does not offer any programs. The following are independent prison arts programs we have identified in this region. To learn more about the programs below, please contact the programs directly. 


  1. The Shakespeare Prison Project Jonathan Shailor, jonathan.shailor@gmail.com
  2. Oakhill Prison Humanities Project oakhillprisonhumanitiesproject@gmail.com


  1. Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) Vanessa Mayesky, 734-647-6771, pcapinfo@umich.edu
  2. ARRO Prison Poetry Project
  3. ACE Academy – Visual Art Classes and Empty Bowls
  4. 6 Figures Playback Theatre Company Prison Theatre Program, Dr. Anita
    Rich,  734-487-0797, arich@emich.edu
  5. Project Community, 734-764-6324, projectcommunity@umich.edu
  6. Shakespeare Behind Bars, Curt L. Tofteland, curt@shakespearebehindbars.org
  7. Humanize the Numbers, drawing, photography, theater, printmaking
  8. Children’s Literacy Network – Staying in Closer Touch, 734-645-1320, Elizabeth@childrensliteracynetwork.org


  1. Storycatchers Theatre Nancy McCarty, 312.280.4772, nmccarty@storycatcherstheatre.org
  2. Cradle2Prison Project, cradle2prison@gmail.com
  3. Still Point Theatre Collective, 773-868-1700, stillpointc@aol.com
  4. Beyondmedia Education – Women and Prison Project 773-857-7300, info@womenandprison.org
  5. FreeWrite Jail Arts + Literacy Program ryan@freewritejailarts.org
  6. Chicago Girl Talk chicagogirltalk@gmail.com
  7. Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center Arts Project Alex Moroz, amoroz08@gmail.com
  8. Music Technology at Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School, Alex Moroz, amoroz08@gmail.com
  9. Write to Release, info@writetorelease.org
  10. Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project contactpnap@gmail.com


  1. Shakespeare in Shackles Laura Bates, 812.237.3141, laura.bates@indstate.edu
  2. Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministries
  3. Hanover College summer drama program Paul Hildebrand, hildebrand@hanover.edu
  4. Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility Visual art, yoga, art therapy
  5. Indiana State Prison Poetry, essay contests, book clubs
  6. Poets-Behind-Bars Sponsored by the Creative Righting Center, Sherry Reiter, 718-998-4572, sherryreiter@yahoo.com
  7. WVCF Theatre Troupe Dr. Jacquelyn Frank, 217-581-7843, jbfrank@eiu.edu
  8.  Westville Education Initiative (WEI)  ASeroczynski@hcc-nd.edu


  1. Reentry Bridge Network
  2. UMOJA Men’s Chorus
  3. Grafton Prison Choir, Jody Kerchner
  4. Toledo Museum of Art partnership with the Lucas County Juvenile Court  Glassblowing & metalwork
  5. Ohio Prison Arts Connection info@ohioprisonartsconnection.org
  6. ID13 Prison Literacy Project