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Arts In Corrections: Reframing the Landscape of Justice

  • Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053-0460 (map)

This national conference will provide professional development opportunities for artists who work in correctional institutions at all levels and best practices for arts administrators who would like to learn how to implement and manage these programs


(updated daily, subject to change)

*Friday trip to Alcatraz is currently at capacity. If you are interested in joining the wait list, please email

Participants in this conference will have opportunities to

  • Share best practices in program development and curriculum design

  • Learn about current research models, including evaluation and documentation

  • Develop opportunities to collaborate with justice reform advocates in different states and nationally

  • Participate in workshops showcasing exemplary programs for juveniles and adults, as well as restorative justice and re-entry models

  • Learn how to build public awareness and enhance programmatic sustainability

  • Participate in art classes in various disciplines taught by master artists

  • Future IDs Exhibition and Prison Arts Collective Workshops at Alcatraz Island 

(*Friday trip to Alcatraz Island is currently at capacity. To be added to the waitlist, please email

* Monday, June 24th is reserved as a pre-conference training day for arts providers   and contractors teaching in the CA State Prison System

Confirmed speakers include: 

Kathleen Allison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Jimmy Santiago Baca, AIC Conference Artist in Residence; Beth Bienvenu, National Endowment for the Arts; Jessica Bogic and Jacqui Norton, De Montfort University, UK; Meagan Corrado, Storiez Trauma Narratives / Bryn Mawr College; Anne Bown-Crawford, California Arts Council; Larry Brewster, University of San Francisco; Dameion Brown and Lesley Currier, Marin Shakespeare Company; Annie Buckley, California State University - San Bernardino; Kathryn Carner, The Actors’ Gang; Laura Caulfield, University of Wolverhampton, UK; Mary Cohen, University of Iowa; Tim Fitzmaurice, William James Association; Mandy Gardner and Grady Hillman, Southwest Correctional Arts Network / Prison Arts Resource Project; Allia Griffin, Santa Clara University;Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE); Beverly Iseghohi, Urban League of Greater Atlanta; Rhodessa Jones and Felicia Scaggs, The Medea Project; Elida Ledesma, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network; Linda Litteral  Ashley Lucas, Prison Creative Arts Project, University of Michigan; Heather Martin, Youth Arts Alliance; Lorraine Moller, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Charles Moore, Rehabilitation Through the Arts; Mariana Moscoso, California Arts Council; Dorsey Nunn, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children / All of Us or None; Meade Palidofsky, StoryCatchers Theatre; Carien Quiroga, Artivate; Gregory Sale, Arizona State University; Curt L. Tofteland, Shakespeare Behind Bars;  Sara Trail, Five Keys Charter / Social Justice Sewing Academy; Ella Turenne, Occidental College / Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program; and Dawan Williams, Philadelphia Mural Arts

Linocut print by Samuel Marquez, Gary Harrell, and Katya McCulloch, San Quentin Printmakers 

Contractors in the California Arts Council state prison arts program should contact their providers to register. 

Staff affiliated with local and state arts agencies throughout the United States should contact CLA conference staff for special discounts available through NEA funding. 

Download Registration Form PDF HERE

For scholarship information, please contact conference staff at:  or (415) 775-7200 x 101

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