California Arts Council

State of California

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March 19, 2015Caitlin Fitzwater

CDCR and California Arts Council Bring Rehabilitative Arts Programs to State Prisons for a Second Year

California arts organizations invited to help inmates develop life skills

Sacramento -
 The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council are seeking arts organizations to work for the second year of a rehabilitative arts pilot program at prisons statewide.

Arts-in-Corrections programs can offer an array of performing, literary and visual arts disciplines, such as theater, music, creative writing, poetry, painting, drawing and sculpture.

The state's Arts-in-Corrections two-year pilot program is made possible by CDCR, which committed $2.5 million to add structured, contracted Arts-in-Corrections programs in selected state prisons. The program is administered by the California Arts Council. Both CDCR and the California Arts Council have a long history of providing arts programs in correctional facilities.

The California Arts Council is seeking providers beginning March 19, 2015. Interested arts organizations will be considered through an open Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Proposals must be received by May 12, 2015.

The California Arts Council and CDCR will conduct a webinar for interested parties on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2 pm.

Click here to review the RFP process. For more information on providing services, contact Mary Beth Barber at the California Arts Council at (916) 322-6588 or

Click here to view a list of current service providers who were awarded contracts under year one of the Arts-in-Corrections pilot program. 

For CDCR press inquires, contact Kristina Khokhobashvili at (916) 445-4950.

PHOTOS: View and download photo of past Arts-in-Corrections programs at this link. 

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