What We Do

In order to fulfill its mission of strengthening our community through creative expression, the Prison Creative Arts Project:

  • Hosts the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners which showcases the work of incarcerated artists around the state.
  • Showcases the talent and diversity of writers within correctional facilities in the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing.
  • Organizes collaborative workshops in theater, creative writing, spoken word, art, dance, and music.
  • Works one-on-one with incarcerated individuals in the Portfolio Project, helping them prepare portfolios of their art or creative writing for presentation to parole boards, judges, schools, and employers when they return home.
  • Connects returning citizens with the arts community through the Linkage Project.
  • Curates an Exhibition of Art by Incarcerated Youth presenting work by young artists in Michigan juvenile facilities.
  • Offers courses that provide a theoretical background and practical experience for engaging in social justice work.
  • Supports the growth of creative arts programming in prisons, juvenile facilities, schools, and other community sites across the state through the Michigan Prison Arts Initiative.