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The California State University System is uniquely positioned to provide substantive arts programming in our local communities and PAC partners with faculty and students at additional CSU campuses to share our model and provide arts programming at multiple correctional institutions across the state of California. These chapters allow PAC to evolve the model and program while directly engaging more incarcerated participants. 


Prison Arts Collective is based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and supported by the San Diego State University Research Foundation. In 2019, PAC moved its headquarters from CSUSB to SDSU. This headquarters supports programming in the following institutions: 

  • Ironwood State Prison (ISP)

  • Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP)

  • Calipatria State Prison (CAL)

  • Richard J Donovan State Prison (RJD) 

  • California Institution for Men (CIM)

  • Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)

  • Avenal State Prison (ASP)

  • California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC)

PAC began collaborating with Cal Poly Humboldt in 2021, with James F. Woglom as the lead of this chapter. Cal Poly Humboldt supports:

  • Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP)


For more information on how to connect with Prison Arts Collective or create a new chapter, contact


San Diego State University

California State University,



California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt

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Photos by Peter Merts

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