Midwest – West 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. Prison Performing Arts (PPA) chris.limber@prisonartsstl.org
  2. Staging Old Masters
  3. Inside Dharma kalen@insidedharma.org
  4. Saint Louis University Prison Arts and Education (SLU PAEP)  prisonprogram@slu.edu

North Dakota

  1. Annual North Dakota State Penitentiary Arts and Crafts Sale

South Dakota

  1. South Dakota State Penitentiary Prisoner Art on Display
  2. Yankton Minimum Unit Garden
  3. Revealing the Inner Inmate: Expressions of Art and Poetry from Inmates in South Dakota Prisons Lawrence Diggs, me@ldiggs.com
  4. 4pm Count Writing and Publishing james.reese@mtmc.edu


  1. Prison Art Contest at the Lincoln Correctional Center
  2. CrossOver Prison Ministries’ Poetry Book 402-733-2795, CrossOverPrisonMinistries@cox.net


  1. Arts in Prison info@artsinprison.org or 913.403.0229
  2. Offender Victim Ministries Music, drama, creative writing, visual art, book club
  3. Ellsworth Correctional Facility Theater
  4. Hutchinson Correctional Facility Men’s chorus
  5. Prisoners Paint the Masters Correspondence and Exhibition, Kristin Schodorf, Kristin009@yahoo.com, 620-515-4092


  1. Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater Fine Arts Painting Program
  2. Soul of Red Wing Bea Hasselmann, beahasselmann@gmail.com
  3. Minnesota Correctional Facility – Shakopee Yoga, Mary Jo Parker, mparker@directionsresearch.com
  4. Direct Action Theatre at the Ramsey County CC Heidi Arneson, (612) 333-6816, heidihouse1@yahoo.com
  5. Critical Poetry Project Pauline Geraci
  6. Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop Creative writing, info@mnprisonwriting.org
  7. Voices of Hope Women’s Choir, Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee, Amanda Weber, amanda.k.weber@gmail.com
  8. Ten Thousand Things Theater contact@tenthousandthings.org


  1. Oakdale Prison Community Choir Mary Cohen, mary-cohen@uiowa.edu, Facebook
  2. Liberal Arts in Prison Program guenther@grinnell.edu