Arts in Corrections is a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council, designed to prepare incarcerated individuals for success upon release, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons. California’s Arts in Corrections program is made possible by funding from the Division of Rehabilitative Programs at 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. 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.
As of June 2017, arts programming is provided in all 35 state adult correctional institutions.
The Fresno Arts Council contracts with local Artists to provide programs to 5 State institutions in the Centrally Valley including:
Valley State Prison(VSP), Chowchilla
Pleasant Valley State Prison(PVSP), Coalinga
Avenal State Prison(ASP), Avenal
Corcoran State Prison(COR), Corcoran
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility(SATF), Corcoran
Creative Song Writing
Please contact our Program Coordinator, Carlos Aparicio with any questions or interests.