Arts Programs

Prison Arts Program

The Prison Arts Program promotes self-examination and self-esteem in Connecticut inmates through participation in visual arts classes, exhibitions and publications, and brings the talent and creativity of the prison population to the community at large.

The Prison Arts Program provides classes and projects, as well as publication and exhibition opportunities, to people incarcerated in several of Connecticut's correctional facilities. We believe that the arts are a vital tool in aiding inmates to use their sentenced time constructively by provoking them to develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, and interpersonal and communication skills while they examine their lives and the actions which led to their incarceration. Classes teach both specific and general artistic skills, assist inmates to develop more successful and non-destructive modes of communication and provide inmates with guidance in understanding the learning process, the creative process, the process of critical thinking, and the process of self-awareness. (Established 1978)

Education

We provide classes and projects devoted to provoking inmates to begin to understand themselves and how to effectively express their thoughts and emotions. Our role is to be a motivator, and we target those inmates who wish to truly understand the process of learning and self criticism and who will continue to grow as artists and as human beings.

Annual Exhibition

Each year the Prison Arts Program organizes an Annual Show from artists in the eighteen facilities within Connecticut's correctional system. The show, which features recent work, brings inmate art to the outside community and connects the arts community to our incarcerated artists.

Permanent Collection

Community Partners in Action makes a practice of purchasing several exceptional artworks every year in order to build a permanent collection. This collection travels to public schools, universities, libraries, and community centers throughout the state and is a valuable resource which documents and preserves the extraordinary work of the Prison Arts Program and the artists.

 

Journal

The Journal of the Prison Arts Program has been in publication since 1987. The Journal expands the reach of the program by sharing inmate art and writing with a larger community and gives inmates an opportunity to convey their invaluable knowledge and experience concerning a wide range of artistic, intellectual and social issues.

PRISON ARTS PROGRAM
3580 Main Street; Bldg. 11
Hartford, CT 06106
Jeffrey Greene, Program Manager

Mailing address:
110 Bartholomew Ave., Suite 3010
Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: (860) 722-9450
jgreene@cpa-ct.org

Arts Programming

Services

  • Art classes at correctional institutions throughout the state
  • Annual exhibition
  • Journal of the Prison Arts published annually


Support This Program


The Prison Arts Program relies primarily on private giving. These are a few examples of how your donation can make a difference:
• $125 will provide an instructor and teaching supplies for one class in a 10-session workshop.
• $75 will provide art materials for one inmate for an entire 10-session workshop.
• $25 will print and ship five Prison Arts Program Journals to a public library or school.
• $15 will ship artwork from an inmate to a loved one at the conclusion of an exhibition.
• Larger donations will support our traveling exhibitions throughout the country.

To make an in-kind donation, or to underwrite the annual Journal or a traveling exhibition, please contact Jeff Greene at cpaprisonarts@gmail.com or 860-722-9450.