PAC is dedicated to sharing the arts with our communities inside and out of corrections. We integrate principles of community-based art and restorative justice through a rich and varied approach to the creative process. We engage in collaborative planning and teaching and are dedicated to academic activism and mutual learning. Our diverse teaching team includes university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional guest artists, writers, musicians, and scholars. In addition, participants can apply to be peer leaders and mentors. 


The Prison Arts Collective, our approach to Arts-in-Corrections, is based on a successful university-prison partnership with a focus on collaboration and mutual learning. We engage participants, institutional partners, and teaching artists in planning and implementation and develop unique programs for each site. Our program includes art making in multiple media, discourse on art history and contemporary art, creative writing, and music. All of our classes include art history, art making, and reflection with equal emphasis on technique, expression, communication, process, and interpretation.

In this section, you can find more information about our approach to programming including our Weekly Programs in corrections, Guest Artist & Scholar series, Mobile Museums & Libraries, Curriculum & Teacher Training​, as well as our publications, and exhibitions


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About Us

The Prison Arts Collective works to expand access to the transformative power of the arts through collaboration and mutual learning that supports the development of self-expression, reflection, communication, and empathy through providing multidisciplinary arts programming in correctional institutions.

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