California Arts Council

State of California

Arts in Corrections


Arts in Corrections is a partnership between CDCR and the California Arts Council to combat recidivism, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons.

Arts in Corrections programs currently offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines, such as theater, music, creative writing, poetry, painting, drawing and sculpture for eligible CDCR inmates. Arts in Corrections programming is provided by professional artists – individuals who have actively participated in their particular arts discipline and who are trained to work in correctional settings. Since launching as a pilot program in 2014, California’s Arts in Corrections program has reached more than 2,000 inmates at 20 CDCR facilities. In 2017, the program will be offered in all 34 CDCR adult institutions.



The California Arts Council is seeking arts organizations to implement rehabilitative arts programs at prisons statewide. Current and new service providers are encouraged to submit proposals. Click here to view the RFP and Instructions (found under "View Event Package")

Current service providers


The state’s Arts in Corrections program is made possible with funding from the Division of Rehabilitative programs at CDCR and administered by the California Arts Council. Both CDCR and the California Arts Council have a long history of providing arts programs in correctional facilities.


See the status of Arts in Corrections opportunities for artists and arts organizations under "Links" below. Staff from arts organizations interested in keeping up with new opportunities should keep an eye on this web page for upcoming news and/or subscribe to the California ArtBeat newsletter.



• Presentation for 2013-14 Arts-in-Corrections Coordinating Organization RFP (closed) Overview - May 2014