What is included in this Directory?
JAC’s Program Directory includes arts-based workshops, projects, and courses offered in prisons, jails, youth detention centers, reentry, restorative justice, or diversion programs across the US and beyond. Possible art forms include creative writing, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, and music. Yoga, meditation, and horticulture programs are also included. All of these forms of creative expression may also be combined into multi-disciplinary programs.
Who offers these programs?
Programs are facilitated by a variety of people. This includes:
- individuals, including volunteers, professional artists, teaching artists, students, professors, and people in prison
- groups, organizations, and institutions, including voluntary groups, non-profit organizations, and universities
- prison staff or individuals employed by a prison
- partnerships across these various groups
Where do programs take place?
Art programs take place in carceral settings across the United States, from low security facilities to high security facilities. On this site, we have identified 48 states with programs. Please view the map below or search by region and state to find programs:
Some programs are offered on a national level (such as the annual PEN Prison Writing Contest), although they are listed by state based on office location.
The list of programs is in constant development and does not reflect the total number of programs across the US. If you would like to add a program, please contact email@example.com.
In addition to art programs, what other art takes place in and around the US carceral system?
This includes, but is not limited to:
- art produced by people in prison, whether for personal, social, familial, or other purposes
- art produced by people outside prison, including people who have been incarcerated and people exploring themes around justice through their creative practice
- programs outside of carceral institutions for and by people who were previously incarcerated, organized by individuals, groups, and organizations
Program Directory Map
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