Curatorial Projects > The Prison Project (2008)

Scott McKinstry
Untitled, 2006
Acrylic on ticking (mattress fabric) canvas
Courtesy San Quentin’s Arts-in-Corrections Program

San Quentin’s Arts-in-Corrections Program, which serves 300 of the 2,500 San Quentin inmates classified as “mainline,” offers classes in painting, drawing, printmaking, creative writing, poetry, Shakespeare, and music. The program is currently one of only
two at California’s 33 state adult prisons that bring in outside instructors to work with prisoners. The teachers, who either volunteer or receive grants, lead weekly classes in the above disciplines and occasional workshops in skills like songwriting
and bookbinding.

The Prison Project

February 20 - March 29, 2008
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Photo credit: Scott Chernis