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 in the School of Art + Design 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) 

  • Lancaster State Prison (LAC)

  • California Institution for Men (CIM)

  • California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)


We began collaborating at CSU Fresno in 2017. This chapter is led by Zach Bohney, lecturer in the Department of Art. CSU Fresno supports: 

  • Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF)

  • Avenal State Prison (ASP)

  • Valley State Prison (VSP)

  • Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATF)


In 2020, we began a partnership with California State University, Fullerton, with Professor Mary Anna Pomonis as the lead of this chapter. CSUF supports: 

  • California Institution for Women (CIW)


PAC is currently collaborating with faculty at CSU Los Angeles and Humboldt State University on emergent chapters to expand programming in those regions. 


For more information on how to connect with Prison Arts Collective or create a new chapter, contact prisonartscollective.info@gmail.com


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Photos by Peter Merts