Panel: Prison Arts Project

Monday, 12/5/2022
7:00 - 8:30

Hear about the important work of the Prison Arts Project (PAP), which bring arts education to incarcerated individuals. PAP believes participation in the artistic process significantly affects a person’s self-esteem and general outlook on the world, and that art workshops teach self-discipline, problem-solving, and concentration through absorption in a specific creative endeavor.


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PAP, a major program of the William James Association, offers classes at San Quentin, taught by professional artists in hands-on visual, performing and literary art workshops. PAP, and other successful Arts in Corrections programs, are proven to decrease institutional tensions, lower recidivism rates and enrich the incarcerated individual’s environment.

William James Association Prison Arts Project logo


Prison Arts Project - Website

William James Association - Website | William James Association - Facebook 


Events and workshops curated around SFPL’s One City One Book selection. One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is a citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time. For more information, see sfpl.org/onecityonebook.

Learn from world-class designers, artists and experts in their fields. 

Learn about and increase your awareness of issues related to jail, prison, incarceration and reentry resources. Find out more about our services: sfpl.org/services/jail-and-reentry-services.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Attending Programs

For questions about the program or help registering, contact sfplcpp@sfpl.orgAll programs are drop-in (no registration necessary) unless otherwise noted. All SFPL locations are wheelchair accessible. For accommodations (such as ASL or language interpretation), call (415) 557-4557 or contact accessibility@sfpl.org. Requesting at least 3 business days in advance will help ensure availability.

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