Prison + Neighborhood Arts Program

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Contacts: Sarah Ross,, 323.252.1336

Program Description: Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP) is a coalition of artists, writers and scholars who offer arts and humanities classes to people at Stateville prison. Each year, scholarly and creative work is developed in the prison that is then exhibited in neighborhood galleries. PNAP understands access to education and art to be fundamental human rights capable of transforming people, systems, and futures. In 2017 PNAP partnered with Northeastern Illinois University to offer a degree program through the University Without Walls program.

Degrees Offered: Liberal Arts

Unique Features: A combination of art, writing and scholarly classes

Headquarters: Chicago, IL

Correctional Facilities Served: Stateville Prison

Population Served: Men at a maximum security prison

Number of Students: 75 per semester, 8 degree-seeking students

Graduates to Date: N/A

Year Founded: 2012

Founders: Sarah Ross, Erica Meiners, Jill Petty

College/University/Organization Partnerships: A coalition of Colleges, Universities and cultural institutions in the Chicago area

Funding: Grants, partnerships with universities/colleges/cultural institutions and fundraisers

Program Evaluation: through student evaluations and this year through an outside evaluator

  • National Directory of Prison Education Programs