California Arts Council

State of California

REENTRY THROUGH THE ARTS

Reentry through the Arts

Reentry Through the Arts (RTA) is a new, two-year pilot grant program rooted in the California Arts Council’s (CAC) belief that the arts are a powerful vehicle for positive change in people, communities and society. RTA was initiated in response to the Senate Budget Act of 2016 that states “The Arts Council shall develop a reentry or bridging program to facilitate and expand arts programs designed to help inmates transition from incarceration back into their communities and prevent those on probation, parole, or post-release community supervision from being incarcerated.”

For this pilot program, RTA grants will support high quality arts programs for people who have been convicted of a criminal offense and have served time in correctional institutions. The proposed grant project must have the arts as a central component of a holistic and integrated approach to reentry that also identifies other community-based support services including but not limited to job skills training, job placement, mental health and wellness, drug treatment, and/or case management.

  • California-based nonprofit organization, unit of government, education or social service agency with two years of arts programming history and continuous work with incarcerated and/or formerly incarcerated people.
  • Applicant may be either the arts partner or social service or community-based facility/agency, except for the following scenarios:
  •      –   The applicant must be the arts partner if the partnership is composed of one arts nonprofit and multiple facilities/agencies.
         –   The applicant must be the social service partner if the partnership is composed of one social service facility/agency and multiple artists or arts nonprofits.
         –   The applicant must be the social service partner if the partnership is composed of one facility/agency and an individual artist or artists.
  • Applicants that are social service or community based facilities/agencies must submit an arts programming budget.

Program Goals

Support strategic partnerships that offer structured artistic interactions between formerly incarcerated individuals and their communities through a holistic and integrated approach, thereby reducing the community-to-prison divide. Develop an understanding of best practices for community engaged, creative strategies to support positive re-entry for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Provide transformative, meaningful, and high quality arts and cultural experiences for individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offense and have served time in correctional institutions.

applying

Guidelines and Application coming soon!

dates

Guidelines & Application Available:
December 2017
Application Deadline:
March 29, 2018
Grant Activity Period:
June 30, 2018 – June 29, 2019