“I enjoy the ability to discuss art in a deeper sense,

to do more than simply decide if something is good or not.”

–Participant, California Institution, Los Angeles County (LAC- A)

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. They give of their time and energy to bring the rehabilitative processes of integrated arts and creative writing to those that are incarcerated as well as those in marginalized communities with limited access to art.


There are many opportunities for volunteers to collaborate with the PAC, from applying to become a Guest Artist or Scholar to volunteering in our weekly programs in corrections to supporting our work in the Advisory Council. Volunteers support our mission in many ways, including teaching on site, administrative support, advising and mentorship, and support with grant writing and fundraising.



  • Teaching Volunteers support our teaching teams on site, working with participants in our programs in the prisons. These positions are available on weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly basis.

  • Special Event Volunteers help with the coordination and implementation of special events, such as book parties, gallery openings, conference presentations, and more. These positions are available for the duration of the event or on an ongoing basis.

  • Outreach Volunteers help us with interface with the public, including writing and editing content about the program, support with publication of materials, sourcing and writing grants, and more. These positions are open to those experienced in writing, editing, photography, public speaking, fundraising, and related fields.

  • Office Volunteers help with data entry, filing, and general office support. These positions are primarily open to students.

  • Guest Artist & Scholar volunteers offer special talks at the prisons with our programs. These special opportunities are available to artists, writers, and scholars by application and/or by invitation.

For questions on becoming a volunteer, please contact:

Program Director, Annie Buckley anniebuckleypac@gmail.com or

Lead Teaching Artist, Stan Hunter stanhunter3@gmail.com.

Prospective volunteers may submit a completed volunteer application (below) with an email inquiry or bring a hard copy to one of our offices at SDSU, CSU San Bernardino and CSU Fresno.

Volunteer Application


Photos by Peter Merts


We welcome one-time and monthly volunteers in our guest artist and scholar program! If you are an artist, writer, or scholar and want to share your knowledge and experience in the arts with individuals that are incarcerated, please contact us to get involved!

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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