The Arts in Corrections Records consists of administrative, financial, and instructional records; documentation of works of
art; publications; news clippings; research materials; and institutional arts-related resources collected by Arts in Corrections,
its contractual partners, Artsreach and the William James Association, and individual artist facilitators. The collection
also contains the general administrative records of Artsreach and records of its collaborations with other constituents such
as the California Youth Authority, the Exceptional Children's Foundation, and 4-H Youth Development Organization, among others.
Files have been divided into series according to the originating entity and into subseries according to primary genres as
interpreted by the collection processor. Folder titles have been maintained from their original titles if provided by the
originating entity and noted as such in the corresponding descriptions. Titles on audiovisual materials such as videocassettes
and cassette tapes were transferred from the original labels, but contents have not been verified.
Arts-in-Corrections was a unit within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that contracted with independent
community service organizations and professional artists to provide arts programs within correctional institutions. The program
began as the pilot Prison Arts Project at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, CA in 1977 with funding provided by
the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Law Enforcement Assistance
Administration. The success of this initial program led to the Legislature appropriating $400,000 to augment the 1981 Department
of Corrections budget, establishing the Arts in Corrections unit within the department's Office of Community Resources Development.
81.0 linear ft.
(160 document boxes, 4 half document boxes, 4 oversize boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA University Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from the
records must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA
University Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright
holder, which must also be obtained.
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