A Unique University-Prison Partnership
Art and Design
People incarcerated in prison have been shown to benefit from taking part in art seminars and projects. Participation in arts programming in prisons leads to increased empathy, confidence and self-esteem.
The Prison Arts Collective (PAC) applies a university model and principles of restorative justice to rehabilitation through visual arts and creative writing. PAC’s diverse teaching team includes faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and professional guest artists, writers, musicians and scholars.
Annie Buckley directs SDSU’s School of Art and Design. Her focus on art and social
justice led to her founding of PAC in 2013. PAC facilitates weekly
art programming in eleven California state prisons and has chapters at four CSU campuses, providing an important opportunity for those incarcerated to engage with others and develop critical and creative thinking.
PAC is a project of Arts in Corrections, an initiative of the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (IA AIC-18-136).
“We envision a safer, healthier society
where everyone has access to the arts to
promote wellbeing and empowerment.”