What is the Prison Arts Coalition (PAC)?

Established in 2008 by a group of veteran teaching artists, the Prison Arts Coalition (PAC) serves as an online network for prison arts in the United States. Through extensive online outreach and organizing, PAC provides support, information, and partnership opportunities within the prison arts sector. As an advisory body, PAC provides ongoing, personalized guidance to people who are working to develop arts programs or looking to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists. As a resource, PAC compiles publications, artistic works, research, events, and job postings to share with the public. One of PAC’s most notable resources is a list of prison arts programs around the country, organized by state and region. As a coalition, PAC brings together a consortium of artists, organizations, facilities, students, researchers, and advocates to build collaboration and strengthen partnership.  

How does it work?

This space serves as an online platform for the network of people making art in and around the American prison system and those who are interested to learn more about this sector.  All visitors are encouraged to use this site as a resource and to contact the site manager for further support and guidance. 

Does the Prison Arts Coalition offer arts programs in prisons?

No. The Coalition serves as a national prison arts network within the US. Rather than delivering or organizing programs directly, we provide support, resources, information, and partnership opportunities for those active in programs around the country.

Does the Prison Arts Coalition provide information on prison arts in other countries?

As PAC is focused on the US, this site does not provide information or resources about prison arts abroad. However, PAC is connected to many allies abroad. Please contact the site managers to learn more about prison arts abroad, or how you can find support if you are not based in the US.

How can I get involved?

1) Add your voice. Contact the site administrators to add an existing prison arts program to the list, to post an event,  job, or guest blog post, and to share a gallery image or resource.

2) Subscribe to the blog to receive new posts directly into your email inbox; simply click the ‘Sign Me Up!’ button on the right-hand sidebar of every page.

3) Follow PAC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

4) Sign up for the pARTner projecta collaborative effort between The Prison Arts Coalition and Prisoner Express that provides artists on the outside an opportunity to foster connection with artists in prison through letter correspondence and the exchange of creative works. 

5) And, as ever, anyone is welcome to contact the site administrators with questions and ideas about the development of, and involvement in, the Coalition.