Arts-in-Corrections Program Now Accepting Proposals

Friday, February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Last Friday, the California Arts Council began accepting proposals from arts organizations interested in providing arts programing to inmates at state adult correctional facilities. Organizations awarded contracts will provide California’s inmates with the opportunity to enhance their rehabilitative goals through arts engagement and prepare them for success upon release.

“Decades of research have shown that structured art programs help inmates build self-confidence, develop their skills, instills work ethic and prepares them for their return to society” said, Assemblymember Bloom. “The majority of Californian inmates will eventually be released or have the possibility of parole in the near future, which means thousands of individuals in custody will be rejoining our communities. It is essential we invest in their rehabilitation and programs like AIC that give inmates hope and the tools they need to succeed.”

Established by the California State Legislature, the Arts-in-Corrections (AIC) program is a partnership between the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The program is designed to prepare inmates for success upon release, enhance rehabilitative goals, and improve the safety and environment of state prisons. Governor Brown signed the California Arts Council into law in 1975 and in 1977 Gov. Brown appointed Eloise Smith as the first director of the California Arts Council. In 1980, California became the first state to fund a professional arts program, named Arts-in-Corrections, throughout its prison system.

The program has become internationally renowned for its high-impact, innovative approach to addressing the state’s critical public safety needs and rehabilitative priorities through the arts. Now in its fourth year, arts programming has grown to reach all 35 state adult correctional institutions.

“I have always been a firm believer the arts are a powerful tool when used to address many of the social issues facing California. The Arts-in-Corrections program is a great example of an innovative public-private partnership that utilizes the educational and creative process to improve the futures of the men and women in our correctional facilities, to the benefit of all Californians.”

Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.