by Ramona Pilar Gonzales
Yet despite the loss of state funding, California's Arts-in-Corrections efforts never really went away. Longtime provider William James Association, other arts organizations, and individual artists kept the arts alive--especially at prisons like San Quentin and Folsom--through their own funds, volunteer hours, and partnerships with organizations like the Marin Shakespeare Company.
from Arts + Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars through the Arts,
NEA Art Works Blog
However, the CAC spent the following two years working with about 14 arts organizations to keep the program alive by alternative means. Early this year, the program was reinstated through the partnership between the arts and correction organizations - a true testament to the power of first responder organizations' tenacity and dedication to proving the validity of arts in society.
For further reading on the Arts-in-Corrections program:
Arts in Corrections to return to California prisons with $1 million - 89.3 KPCC
Arts-In-Corrections Program Returns to California Prisons - KCET Artbound