See job posts below to find a job or volunteer opportunity working with arts in prisons.
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Please Note: The Prison Arts Coalition is not hiring, nor do we accept resumes.
Location: New York
The Cornell Prison Education Program, part of Cornell University, offers a college education to people incarcerated in several state prisons near campus. Teachers and tutors from Cornell are, in turn, offered an education in the criminal justice system. The program manifests Ezra Cornell’s commitment to founding an institution where “any person can find instruction in any study.” The Associate Director of Curriculum and Planning will co-direct and supervise a teaching staff of approximately 100 faculty, graduate, undergraduate and community volunteers across 4 regional correctional facilities, working with the entire team to develop and deliver the curriculum to the students in the prison system. This involves following policies and protocol for conduct and material use inside correctional facilities. It also involves training instructors to work in prison. The prison-based college classroom is very dynamic and participatory, and the Associate Director will orchestrate approximately 70 courses per year. This position will also be expected to build close relationships with our community college partner in order to co-facilitate an Associate degree-granting program.
Location: New York
Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs in Massachusetts and New York, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
The staff artist engages a diverse set of communities in the creation of participatory public art with a special emphasis on mural making. The position serves as a primary ambassador for the Mural Arts Program and is an integral member of the entire Mural Arts organization team.
Location: San Francisco, CA
The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant is a three year grant, renewed annually, that provides support to individual teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth literacy–focused arts workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites. Sites may include in-school or after-school classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). The communities prioritized by the grant may include, but are not limited to, youth who are low-income, impacted by the justice system, pregnant or parenting teens, and/or English language learners.
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
The Messages Project is looking for volunteers to assist in filming personalized messages from incarcerated parents, which are then sent home to their children. This is a great opportunity for college students (especially those studying film production, criminal justice, or social work).
The Think Outside the Cell Foundation is working to end the stigma of incarceration and—through personal development, storytelling and other creative approaches—help the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their families to create their own opportunities.
Pongo volunteers are well trained, and they work in teams under an experienced leader. We have two sites currently, inside juvenile detention and inside the state psychiatric hospital for children.
Locations: California, DC, and New Mexico
The Beat Within’s mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community.
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
We constantly need help filling prisoner book requests. The work is very fulfilling: read a letter from a prisoner, find some books in our library and package them for mailing.