Inmates used various media to create art.

Inmates used various media to create art.

Arts in Corrections students show work in Del Norte County

By Lt. Christopher Acosta, AA/Public Information Officer
Pelican Bay State Prison

Colored pencils were used in addition to paint to create 23 pieces for a recent art show.

Colored pencils were used in addition to paint to create 23 pieces for a recent art show.

Artwork created by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) recently found its way to the walls of the Del Norte County Courthouse.

Titled “Student Art from Inside,” the show featured 23 pieces.

Created through the Arts-in-Corrections program at PBSP, the work included various media such as acrylic, oil, ink, graphite pencil and colored pencil.

In a May 14 newspaper article, the Daily Triplicate highlighted the show and arts instructor Julie McNiel.

The Arts-in-Corrections program is funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with outreach and coordination by the California Arts Council, a state agency, according to the newspaper.

“They found inmates who received arts instruction were less likely to be violent, had a better disciplinary record and a better parole outcome,” said Graham Moody, one of the original early Arts-in-Corrections program facilitators.

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

Learn more about the program, https://arts.ca.gov/initiatives/aic.php