Prison Creative Arts Project


Founded in 1990, The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is committed to original work in the arts in Michigan correctional facilities, juvenile facilities, urban high schools, and communities across the state. Our process is guided by respect and a spirit of collaboration in which vulnerability, risk and improvisation lead to discovery. We make possible the spaces in which the voices and visions of the incarcerated can be expressed.PCAP organizes collaborative workshops in theater, creative writing, spoken word, art, dance, and music workshops; works one-on-one with incarcerated individuals in the Portfolio Project; and connects returning citizens who want to pursue their art with artist-mentors through the Linkage Project. An annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, Exhibition of Art by Incarcerated Youth, and Anthology of Creative Writing by Michigan Prisoners help bring the work of our members to a larger audience.As one of the primary mechanisms for recruiting new PCAP members, the courses affiliated with PCAP train students to facilitate workshops in the arts in state prisons, juvenile facilities, and Detroit high schools. Because availability of these courses varies by semester, interested students should consult the U-M Course Schedule when it becomes available for instructions on enrolling in a course.

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