California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association, in collaboration with the University of San Francisco, are presenting a unique national conference:
Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation
June 16 to 19, 2015
University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
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This conference will provide a robust review of current trends in arts in corrections, including an overview of public policy, funding strategies, evaluation methods, and legislative trends. Special features include a one-day training program on Tuesday, June 16 with experienced practitioners for artists who are new to the field, opportunities to build out the structure for a national coalition, and a showcase of the arts at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County on Friday, June 19.
Keynote speakers include Wayne Kramer, a nationally known rock musician who founded Jail Guitar Doors after being incarcerated at a federal prison, and California Senator Loni Hancock, Chair of the California Senate Public Safety Committee, Chair, of the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary, and a member of the Senate Education Committee.
Super Early Bird registration by April 20 -- $200 (save $100)
Registration after that date and before June 1 -- $250 (save $50)
Standard Registration after June 1 -- $300
Please indicate your attendance at the San Quentin showcase by registering before April 20. More detailed information will be requested in a separate email from the San Quentin Prison Arts Project.
Non-profit arts organizations and local arts agencies can apply to the California Arts Council for a Professional Development grant for one person's conference fees and travel, up to a total of $750. http://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/pdc.php
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Professional Development Grant Available
California Non-profit arts organizations and local arts agencies can apply to the California Arts Council for a Professional Development grant for one person's conference fees and travel, up to a total of $750.
Laurel Inn: 415-567-8467 - 444 Presidio Avenue
Regular rate can start at $309 and more. They offer a group rate of approximately $269 king or double beds for a 15-room block.
Hotel Majestic: (415) 441-1100 - 1500 Sutter Street
Regular rate is for a standard queen $198, for a master suite $248 and for a junior suite $224. Group rates are available. For a group of 40-50 people, the approximate rate would be $198 plus tax per night for all combinations of room types: 10 Junior Suites, 5 Master Suites and the rest Standard rooms.
Queen Ann Hotel: (415) 441-2828 - 1590 Sutter Street
Regular rates for a standard room is $179/225, for a king room is $189/235, for a deluxe king it is $205/250, for a superior room is $235/285, for a 1 bedroom suite $265/315 and for a two bedroom suite $405/465. Group rates include: $179.00 for Victorian King Rooms (8 rooms available), $199.00 for Deluxe King (7 rooms), $239.00 for Superior King (8 rooms), $239.00 for Two Queen Bed Rooms (6 rooms), $249.00 for One Bedroom Suites with queen bed & pull out sofa (3 rooms).
Hotel Whitcomb: (415) 626-8000 - 1231 Market St
Regular rates (individual rates are under 8 rooms) are King size $219, and Queen size 189. For group rates, $179 for king and queen if reserving over 8 rooms.
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VRBO (vacation rental by owner)
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DRAFT AGENDA dated April 17, 2015
(WORK IN PROGRESS)
This four-day conference will provide expert practitioners in the field, opportunities to showcase best practices, learn about current research models and results, and gain insights into new developments and challenges. The intended audience includes experienced artists as well as those who are new to arts-in-corrections, in addition to arts administrators, educators, and allied professionals from the mental health and criminal justice sectors, including psychologists, sociologists, lawyers,
law enforcement officers, and elected officials.
Celebrate and Inspire
Invite and Encourage newcomers, young people
Dialogue, Cross Fertilize
Build an Informal Network of Mentors
Build out the National Coalition
Optional Pre-Conference Day - Tuesday 6.16.15
Training and Coalition Building Day – McLaren Conference Center
10 am to 3:30 pm - Arts in Corrections Training
Artists who are new to the field of corrections will have an opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners from different art disciplines, including dance, theatre, music, literary and visual arts. Curriculum approaches for various arts disciplines, as well as mediation, communications and other life skills, will be discussed, as well as techniques for classroom management in the corrections environment.
Arts-in-Corrections Artists' Training
New Artist Orientation
Navigating the Prison System
Phyllis Kornfeld, (Thirty Years Teaching Art in Prison: Into the Unknown and Why We Need to Go There)
Kyes Stevens, Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project
Jack Bowers, William James Association, Artist Facilitator Soledad Prison, 25 years
Leslie Neal, ArtSpring
Nathalie Costa, Adirondack Center for Writing/Ray Brook Federal Prison
Anna Plemons (what to do about the unavoidable bureaucracy: crafting memos that unlock doors)
Elliot LaPlante, Actors Gang
Leslie Currier, Marin Shakespeare Co.
Emma Jean Foster, Glide Church, African Spirituals
Nane Alejandrez, Barrios Unidos (Creating Peace in Prisons)
4-6 Coalition Building, Part I
Facilitator: devorah major, Collaborators: Wendy Jason/Becky Mer, Prison Arts Coalition & Laurie Brooks, William James Association
Wednesday 6.17.15 – McLaren Conference Center
Understanding and Supporting the Field
Prison Artists and Community Organizations - Peer Support
8:30-9:30 Registration and Coffee/snacks
9:30-10:00 Opening Remarks
Laurie Brooks, William James Association, Alma Robinson, California Lawyers for the Arts
Setting the Stage, Our intentions for the conference, Housekeeping/Logistics
10-10:45 Keynote Speaker - Wayne Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors
11-12:30 Flash Introductions
1:30-2:30 Arts in Federal Corrections Plenary Panel
Moderated by Beth Bienvenu, NEA Accessibility Director, Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman
Deltone Moore, Federal Bureau of Prisons
James Reese, Yankton Men’s Federal Prison Camp, SD
Nathalie Costa Thill, Ray Brook Men’s Federal Corrections Institution, NY
2:30-3:45 Perspectives Plenary Panel – Views from the Inside and Outside
Prison Arts “Graduate" – Guillermo Willie
Family – Carol Hinds, Parent
Community Partnership Manager – Steve Emrick, San Quentin State Prison
Suggestions – Warden, Correctional Officer, Probation Officer and Recreational Therapist
4:00-5:30 Networking - BREAKOUTS – with facilitators & student note-takers
By Institutional Settings: Adult jails / Juveniles (Victoria Sammartino, Voices UnBroken, NY) / Women prisoners (Leslie Neal, ArtSpring, FL) / Reentry (Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice Project, CA)
By Art Disciplines: Visual, Theatre, Music, Literature, Dance
By Program models – academic (Kyes Stevens, Auburn University, AL; Amie Dowling, USF), community-based (Katherine Volkins, Rehabilitation for the Arts, NY); government based (Beth Bienvenu, NEA; Wayne Cook and Mary Beth Barber, CAC)
Suggested Discussion Topics:
What works really well, tried and true
New ideas & initiatives
Working w/ volunteers and students
Grappling w/ challenges
Gender, racial & economic disparities
6:00-7:30 Reception with San Francisco Host Committee:
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; Fiona Ma, Member, CA State Board of Equalization; London Breed, President, SF Board of Supervisors; SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi; SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi; Peter Coyote, Actor and First Chair of the California Arts Council; Tom DeCaigny, Director, SF Arts Commission; Kary Shulman, Director, SF Grants for the Arts; Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area; Deborah Cullinan, Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Stacie Ma'A, President, Gerbode Foundation; Quentin Hancock, Quentin Hancock Fund; James Head, President, East Bay Community Foundation; and Fred Blackwell, President, San Francisco Foundation.
Day II - Making the Case
(Thursday, 6.18.15) – McLaren Conference Center
8:00-9:00 Registration and Coffee/snacks
9:00-9:45 Poetic Justice Project performance
9:50-11:00 Plenary Session Overview on Research and Evaluation:
Qualitative, Quantitative and “Evidence-based”
Dr. Larry Brewster, USF School of Management
Grady Hillman, Prison Arts Resource Project
Susan Turner, Ph.D., Director, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC Irvine; CA Rehabilitation Oversight Board
Dr. Ronnie Halperin, SUNY-Purchase
Accompany with Peter Merts’ photo slideshow
11:15-12:30 Simultaneous sessions*:
• Evaluation – nuts and bolts, how to design research tools, understanding Evidence-Based principles
Larry Brewster, AIC principal researcher, USF
Susan Turner, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC-Irvine
Laura Pecenco, UC-San Diego doctorate candidate
Dr. Ronnie Halperin, SUNY-Purchase
• Restorative Justice, Alternatives to Violence
Robyn Buseman, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Sara Lee, Music in Prisons, London, UK
• Sentencing Reform
Emily Harris, Ella Baker Center, Oakland, CA
• Re-entry, Transitional Programs
Ex-Offender and Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice
• Entrepreneurial Activities, Intellectual Property and Reentry Issues for Prison Artists
Jacqui Norton, DeMontfort University, UK, How to gain control of intellectual property
Jonathan Blanco, Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, OR, Entrepreneurial Pilot Project including on-line store and trust accounts, scaling to state-wide program
Harmony Oswald, Santa Clara University, copyright issues in light of “Son of Sam” state laws
• Designing spaces for arts programs in prisons, juvenile halls, and jails with
architects and county planners
Deanna Van Buren, FOURM Design Studio, Emeryville, CA
1:30-2:30 Making the Case – Plenary
• Legislative Advocacy
Alma Robinson, California Lawyers for the Arts
Brad Erickson, CA Arts Advocates
• Prison Administration Advocacy
Jack Bowers, William James Association
• Outreach Campaigns & Public Awareness
Social Media -- Prison Arts Coalition
Art Shows – Carol Newborg, San Quentin Art Project
Film Screenings – trailers
Barrios Unidos – semi-trailer with cell (pending)
2:45-4:00 Same simultaneous breakout sessions as above*, depending on interest as polled in advance
4:15-6 Coalition Building Part II - Facilitator: devorah major
Generative question: What do we need to do to be more effective and to develop our capacity in order to move the field forward?
6:30 Evening in the Gallery – Fromm Building, Berman Room
Artist (formerly incarcerated) Panel w/ slides (Artists to be confirmed)
Ronnie Goodman, Henry Montgomery, Troy Williams, Reggie Daniels,
(Friday, 6.19.15) – McLaren Conference Center
8:00-9:00 Registration and Coffee/snacks
9:00-10:00 State Perspectives on Arts and Justice—Where Do We Go From Here?
Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council
Representative, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (pending)
Brian Fischer, former Commissioner of NYS Department of Corrections & Community Supervision
10:00 to 10:45 Key Note Speaker: CA Senator Loni Hancock, Chair of Senate Public Safety Committee - Updates on Trends in Corrections and Rehabilitation – How the Arts Can Make a Difference
10:45 Closing Ceremony
11-12 Lunch on the bus to San Quentin (maximum of 75 participants with clearance information required by mid-April)
1-3:30 Showcase of San Quentin Arts – visual arts show, The Artistic Ensemble (led by Amie Dowling of USF), poetry, musical performance, Shakespeare scene (Marin Shakespeare Co.) and group discussions with participants
Additional Logistical Information:
To walk up to the McLaren Conference Center, enter the campus through the parking lot just east of the Gymnasium at 2345 Golden Gate Avenue.
Free Parking is available for AIC Conference participants at the Koret Gym Parking Lot at the intersection of Turk and Parker Streets.
Closest Muni routes are the #5 Fulton, #38 Geary, #31 Balboa and #43 Masonic.
For more information, contact:
William James Association
ARTS IN CORRECTIONS CONFERENCE - JUNE 16-19, 2015
"The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community"