Arts in Corrections is a partnership between CDCR and the California Arts Council designed to prepare inmates for success upon release, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons.
As of June 2017, arts programming now reaches all 35 state adult correctional institutions.
Administered by the California Arts Council, services provided span the full spectrum of art disciplines, with organizations offering instruction in theater, guitar, dance, creative writing, and Native American beadwork, among many others.
California’s Arts in Corrections program is made possible by funding from the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Since the program’s re-launch in the 2013-14 fiscal year, CDCR’s investment has increased from $2.5 million in the first two years to an $8 million annual commitment. California’s Arts in Corrections program has become internationally renowned for its high-impact, innovative approach to addressing the state's critical public safety needs and rehabilitative priorities through the arts.