The following are some resources concerning arts programming in correctional settings complied by the Office for Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts. Phone: 202.682.5532; TTY: 202.682-5496.
Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Inc.
PO Box 390571
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617.661.9622 ext. 704
Web site: www.actorsshakespeareproject.org
ASP works with incarcerated youth, ages 12-17, who are part of the Massachusetts DYS in secure lock-up facilities. In the month of August, during the DYS school vacation, two of ASP's actor/teachers work with a group of youth. They meet 3 times a week for 3 hours each session, doing theater games, text work, journal writing, etc. around Shakespeare's texts as they relate to the children's own stories. The project culminates in a performance of Shakespeare texts, journal monologues, music, etc. created by the youth and attended by all the children in the facility, including their caregivers and invited guests.
American Correctional Association (ACA)
James A. Gondles, CAE
4380 Forbes Blvd
Lanham, MD 20706-4322
Web site: www.aca.org
ACA is a non-profit membership organization for many other programs. The Professional Development Department offers a full range of educational and training opportunities for adult correctional and juvenile justice staff. ACA also organizes an annual film festival.
Community Arts Network (a project of Art in the Public Interest)
Steven Durland; Linda Frye Burnham
P.O. Box 68
Saxapahaw, NC 27340
Web site: www.communityarts.net www.apionline.org
CAN’s Web site is an international resource focusing on the work of artists and their community partners, supporting projects and programs that actively promote the arts as part of education, political life, health recovery, prisoner rehabilitation, environmental protection, community regeneration, electronic communication, and more.
Creativity Held Captive: A Guidebook for Artists Working in Prisons
By Patricia McConnel
Published by Logoria, 2001
352 Cherokee Street
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Book price: $10, which includes shipping
Discounts for quantities of 10 or more
This guide focuses on artists working in correctional institutions—(including prison environment, rules, staff and culture) to involving inmates as students in the arts. A former inmate, Patricia McConnel, wrote the Guide. She is now a published author and recipient of two NEA writing fellowships. She continues to write and teach writing programs in correctional facilities.
1171 South Robertson Blvd. # 134
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone1: 310 936 4794
Phone2: 310 858 1245
Fax: 310 858 1219
Web site: www.insideoutwriters.org
The mission of InsideOUT Writers, performed by professional writers, is to teach creative writing to at-risk and incarcerated youth to discourage youth violence and build in its place a spirit of honest introspection, respect for others, and a love of learning. They distribute the best of that writing to other youth, parents, schools, libraries, government officials, and to the general public. The program helps youth express their negative feelings through writing, rather than through violence.
Oregon Regional Arts and Culture Council
Public Art Manager
108 NW 9th, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209
Web site: www.racc.org
Intersections, a public art residency program, encourages artists in all disciplines to bring art to communities, explore new working methods and develop socially engaging and interactive art experiences in community settings. Residencies with the Juvenile Justice Center are funded by percent-for-art dollars set aside from the construction of the Center in the mid-90s for the Youth Arts Public Art programs. Recent projects worked with young adults in Residential Alcohol and drug detention, girls in short-term detention and girls in Juvenile Services Counseling.
Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)
Kaufman House at Bethel College
2515 College Avenue / P.O. Box 276
North Newton KS 67117-0276
Web site: www.bethelks.edu/kipcor/
The Bethel College community has dedicated the KIPCOR program to encourage research, education, and skills in conflict management. KIPCOR’s conflict resolution certification provides intensive training within conflict situations, including Prison Arts placements and internships. The Prison Arts Symposium in 2002 brought lectures and displays by artists and advocates of arts in correctional facilities. For further information on the Prison Arts Symposium, please click here.
Offender / Victim Ministries’ Prison Arts Project
Director of Prison Ministries
900 N. Poplar
Newton, KS 67114
Phone: 316. 283.2038
OVM is a program offered to inmates at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (Kansas Department of Corrections). They offer the following courses: Theater Arts, Creative Writing, Choir, Visual Arts, Guitar, and Book Discussions.
Perkins Center for the Arts
Director of Camden Community Programs
395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Web site: www.perkinscenter.org
The Perkins Center’s Community Arts Collaborations Program has three components that serve youth at-risk in Camden City and men and women in prison. Visual and performing arts workshops in the Camden County Correctional Facility compliment after school residencies with the Boys and Girls Club, Castle Program and St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral School. Through the Community Arts Collaborations Program, they have completed two murals in East Camden with a professional artist working with youth apprentices.
Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections
Chief of Activities
75 Utley Drive, Suite 103
Camp Hill, PA 17011
They develop contracts with local artists to go into local institutions once a week to conduct workshops in music, art, drama, poetry and dance. This is an ongoing program funded by the Inmate General Welfare Fund and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Inmates’ projects include talent contests, a calendar art competition, a black history art competition and two youth programs.
Playwrights Theater of New Jersey
Director of Education
P.O. Box 1295
Madison, NJ 07940-1295
Phone: 973.514.2060, ext. 21
Web site: www.ptnj.org
Works with juvenile offenders in residential group centers through a contract with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice System. As part of a 13-week playwriting and performing class, the juvenile residents from the group centers create 2-3 plays and perform at the Playwrights Theater for their families and peers.
Shakespeare Behind Bars
Curt L. Tofteland
Founder and Artistic Director
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
The Historic Landward House
1387 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Shakespeare Behind Bars was created by Curt L. Tofteland, Producing Director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare Behind Bars holds the distinction of being the first North American Shakespeare Company contained within the walls of a medium security adult male prison performing exclusively the works of William Shakespeare. A documentary about Shakespeare Behind Bars by Philomath Films was one of 16 films (out of 624) selected for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Shakespeare & Company
Shakespeare In The Courts
Youth Programs Coordinator
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA 01240
Phone: 413.637.1199 (ext.172)
Web site: www.shakespeare.org
In this collaboration with the Berkshire Juvenile Court, adjudicated juvenile offenders work with Shakespeare & Company artists and participate in classes, rehearsals and performances of scenes from Shakespeare's plays.
During the 10 - 14 week project, the participants explore Shakespeare's text and prepare their own performance piece as part of the terms of their probation.
Southwest Correctional Art Network (SCAN)
7010 Isabelle Drive
Austin, TX 78752
SCAN is a networking organization that connects arts groups to work in correctional institutions with both adult and juvenile institutions. Grady Hillman serves as a consultant for developing programs in correctional institutions. Hillman has published extensively in the area of community arts and humanities programs, including a monograph for Americans for the Arts: Artists in The Community: Training Artists to Work in Alternative Settings (1996). In 2002, he published Arts Programs for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections: A Guide to Promising Practices for OJJDP and the NEA.
William James Association
303 Potrero St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Web site: www.williamjamesassociation.org/ prison_arts.html
Begun in 1977, the program selects and hires professional visual, literary and performing artists to teach in California’s state prison facilities. The Prison Arts Project also trains artists and coordinates Artist-In-Residence programs for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The Community Youth Arts Project contracts with professional artists to work with disenfranchised and "at-risk" youth in alternative schools and detention facilities in and around Santa Cruz, CA.