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Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015
  • Friday, June 19, 2015
  • University of San Francisco, 2345 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118


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Vilma V on "Upfront" at KPFA interviews Dr. Larry Brewster of USF, Laurie Brooks of the William James Association and Guillermo, an artist who benefited from arts in corrections programs about the upcoming arts in corrections conference and the power of the arts to change lives. LISTEN HERE!

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, 2345 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, CA 94118



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.

Coming soon at this site: detailed agenda, list of speakers and suggestions for accommodations.

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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.

Link to "AIC conference at USF"
I've had really great experiences with airbnb and find that with multiple people, it ends up less than a hotel and with more features, like a kitchen and space to relax or socialize.

VRBO (vacation rental by owner)
Also sharing this short list and encourage you to do your own search

Hotels near USF for AIC Conference:


DRAFT AGENDA dated June 14, 2015
California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association in collaboration with the University of San Francisco present a national conference:

Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation 

June 16 to 19, 2015

University of San Francisco
2345 Golden Gate Ave San Francisco, CA 94118
This four-day conference on prison arts will showcase best practices, review current research models and results, and offer insights into new developments and challenges. The intended audience includes experienced artists and expert practitioners as well as those who are new to the field, 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
National Endowment for the Arts
California Arts Council
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Andy Warhol Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation
Quentin Hancock Fund
USF Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
Jesuit Foundation
Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, USF 
USF School of Arts and Humanities
USF School of Management
International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership
USF President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
San Francisco Association of Realtors
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Free Parking for conference participants at Koret Gym, Parker and Turk Streets
Optional Pre-Conference Day - Tuesday 6.16.15
Training and Coalition Building Day – McLaren Conference Center
Arts in Corrections Training
10 am to 3:30 pm
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.  Navigating the Prison System, curriculum approaches for various arts disciplines, as well as mediation, restorative justice, communications and other life skills, will be discussed, as well as techniques for classroom management in the corrections environment.
10:00 Opening, Introductions and Acknowledgements - Laurie Brooks,William James Association, Prison Arts Project

10:30-11:30 - Plenary Panel – Nuts and Bolts of Working in Prison
Nathalie Costa, Adirondack Center for Writing/Ray Brook Federal Prison, NY
Anna Plemons (working with bureaucracy: crafting memos that unlock doors)
Victoria Sammartino, Voices UnBroken, NY
Jack Bowers, William James Association, Artist Facilitator Soledad Prison, 25 years
Troy Williams, Former AIC Participant
Mary Beth Barber and Wayne Cook, California Arts Council, Arts in Corrections
11:30-12:30 Breakout Groups
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Plenary Panel – Teaching in the Other Country of Prison – Content, Culture and Curriculum
Kyes Stevens, Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project
Phyllis Kornfeld, (30 Years Teaching Art in Prison: Into the Unknown and Why We Need to Go There)
Leslie Neal, ArtSpring, FL
Elliot LaPlante, Actors Gang
Sonya Shah, Justice Program Director,
Insight Prison Project
Lesley Currier, Marin Shakespeare Co.
Alice Reeb, California Lawyers for the Arts
2:15 Break

2:30-3:30 Breakout Groups

3:30 Negro Spirituals – Emma Jean Foster, Glide Church, and Yolanda Robinson, SF County Jail
4-6 Coalition Building Part I – Facilitator: devorah major
Collaborators: Wendy Jason and Becky Mer, Prison Arts Coalition with Laurie Brooks, William James Association
7pm Prison Boxing, written and performed by Leah Joki who spent 18 years teaching theatre in prison. A personal reflection on the prison system subculture from humorous to utterly horrifying, Prison Boxing brings to life in a 70-minute show the complex characters Leah encountered “inside.”

Day I (Wednesday 6.17.15) – McLaren Conference Center
Understanding and Supporting the Field
Prison Artists and Community Organizations – Peer Support
Wednesday and Thursday in the Plaza –The Barrios Unidos Prison Cell Trailer
Project Tour Guides: Nane Alejandrez, Executive Director, Danny Contreras, Artist and Outreach Worker, Cynthia Gutierrez, Prison Project Coordinator
8:30-9:30 Registration and Coffee/snacks – McLaren Conference Center
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
10:45-11   Break
11-12:30   Flash Introductions
12:30-1:30    Lunch
12:30-1:30    Streaming Videos – University Center 415
1:30-2:30        Arts in Federal Corrections Plenary Panel, moderated by Beth Bienvenu,
Accessibility Director, Office of the Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Leah Trent. Carnegie Hall, WV, Programs in two federal prisons in Beaver and Alderson, WV
Jim Reese, Yankton Men’s Federal Prison Camp, SD
Nathalie Costa Thill, Ray Brook Men’s Federal Corrections Institution, NY
Deltone Moore, Recreation Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Prisons
2:30-3:45        Perspectives Plenary Panel – View from the Inside and Outside
Moderator – Jim Carlson, Former AIC Statewide Program Manager and New Folsom Artist Facilitator, CA
Prison Arts “Graduate” – Guillermo Willie
Family – Carol Hinds, Parent, CSP-Sacramento, CA
Community Partnership Manager – Steve Emrick, San Quentin State Prison, CA
San Francisco County Jail – Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
Correctional Counselor and Library – Fred Winn, Soledad Correctional Training Facility, CA
Correctional Counselor Teacher – Judy Studebaker, Soledad Correctional Training Facility, CA
3:45-4:00        Break
4:00-7:00    Streaming Videos – University Center 415
4:00-5:30        Networking - Breakouts with facilitators (two 40 minute sessions available)
By Institutional Settings: Adult jails (Michael Bierman, Strindberg Laboratory, Los Angeles, CA), Juveniles (Victoria Sammartino, Voices UnBroken, NY), Women prisoners (Leslie Neal, ArtSpring, FL), Re-entry (Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice Project, Santa Maria, CA)
By Art Disciplines: Theatre (Agnes Wilcox, Prison Performing Arts Founder, MO), Literature (Jim Reese, NEA Writer-in-Residence, 
Yankton Federal Prison Camp), Music (Tom Skelly, Retired Artist Facilitator), Visual (Katya McCulloch, Printmaker and San Quentin Teaching Artist & Rölf Kissman, Printmaker and former AIC participant), Dance (Sylvie Minot, Syzygy Dance Project, Sausalito, CA)
By Program Models – Academic (Kyes Stevens, Auburn University, AL and Amie Dowling, University of San Francisco), Multi-Disciplinary Art & Life Skills (Katherine Vockins, Rehabilitation Through The Arts, NY); Government based (Beth Bienvenu, National Endowment for the Arts with Wayne Cook and Mary Beth Barber, California Arts Council)
Suggested Discussion Topics:
Resource sharing
What works really well, tried and true
New ideas & initiatives
Working w/ volunteers and students
Grappling w/ challenges
Gender, racial & economic disparities
Aesthetics, standards
Prison system
6:00-7:30    San Francisco Host Committee Reception -  Alfred and Hanna Fromm Hall
San Francisco Host Committee
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
USF President Father Paul Fitzgerald, S.J.
Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Vice Provost, USF
Fiona Ma, Member, CA State Board of Equalization
CA Senator Mark Leno
London Breed, President, SF Board of Supervisors
SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
Peter Coyote, Actor and First Chair of the California Arts Council
Tom DeCaigny, Director, SF Arts Commission
Kary Schulman, Director, SF Grants for the Arts
Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
Deborah Cullinan, Director, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Rhodessa Jones, Co-Artistic Director, Cultural Odyssey
Stacie Ma'A, President, Gerbode Foundation
Quentin Hancock, Quentin Hancock Fund
James Head, President, East Bay Community Foundation
Fred Blackwell, President, San Francisco Foundation
Dr. James McCray, Executive Director, Tabernacle Community Development Corp.
Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus, Grace Cathedral
Jam Session with Wayne Kramer, Jack Bowers, Eric Chun, Kathie Rollins and Marcus Shelby
Day II  (Thursday, 6.18.15) – McLaren Conference Center
Making the Case
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”
Larry Brewster, Ph.D., USF School of Management, Moderator
Grady Hillman, Prison Arts Resource Project
Susan Turner, Ph.D., Director, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC Irvine
Ronnie Halperin, Ph.D.,  Purchase College, SUNY
Laura Pecenco, UC San Diego Ph.D. Candidate
Accompany with Peter Merts’ photo slideshow
11:00-11:15    Break
11:15-12:30    Simultaneous Sessions:
Evaluation – Nuts and Bolts, Designing Research Tools, Understanding Evidence-Based    Principles
Laura Pecenco, UC San Diego Ph.D. Candidate, Moderator
Larry Brewster, AIC principal researcher, USF
Susan Turner, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, UC-Irvine
Ronnie Halperin, Purchase College, SUNY
Criminal Justice Reform
Alma Robinson, California Lawyers for the Arts, Moderator
Emily Harris, Ella Baker Center, Oakland, CA
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mica Doctoroff, ACLU of California Center for Advocacy and Policy, Sacramento, CA
Designing Institutional Spaces for Restorative Reentry                             
Deanna Van Buren, FOURM Design Studio, Emeryville, CA, Moderator
Beverly Prior, Justice Lead, U.S. West, AECOM, San Francisco

12:30-1:30      Lunch
12:30-1:30    Streaming Videos – University Center 414
1:30-2:30        Simultaneous Sessions:

Legislative Advocacy
Alma Robinson, California Lawyers for the Arts, Moderator
Brad Erickson, Theatre Bay Area, California Arts Advocates
Richard Stein, Arts Orange County, California Arts Advocates
Prison Administration Advocacy
Jack Bowers, William James Association, Santa Cruz, CA, Moderator
Grady Hillman, Prison Arts Resource Project, Albuquerque, NM
Restorative Justice, Alternative to Violence
Sonya Shah, Justice Program Director, Project Insight, San Francisco, CA, Moderator
Sara Lee, Music in Prisons, London, UK
2:30-2:45        Break
2:45-4:00        Simultaneous Sessions:

Entrepreneurial Activities, Intellectual Property and Reentry Issues for Prison Artists
§Alice Reeb, Program Director, California Lawyers for the Arts, Santa Monica, CA, Moderator
Harmony Oswald, JD Candidate, Santa Clara University, copyright issues in light of “Son of Sam” state laws and prison regulations
Jacqui Norton, MA, DeMontfort University, UK,The FiLTER Model and the Importance of Intellectual Property with Reference to Song-writing Activities
Jonathan Blanco, Oregon State Penitentiary, Salem, OR, Entrepreneurial Pilot Project includes on-line store and trust accounts, scaling to state-wide program
Outreach Campaigns & Public Awareness
Art Shows – Carol Newborg, San Quentin Art Project, Moderator
Documentation – Peter Merts -- Photographer, Paths of Discovery
Social Media – Becky Mer and Wendy Jason, Prison Arts Coalition
Ronnie Goodman – Artist, Former Arts in Corrections Participant
Nane Alejandrez - Barrios Unidos Prison Project
Re-entry, Transitional Programs
Deborah Tobola, Poetic Justice, Moderator
Reggie Daniels, USF Ph.D. Candidate
Robyn Buseman, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
4:00-4:15        Break
4:00-6:00    Streaming Videos – University Center 414
4:15-6:00        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 – Alfred and Hanna Fromm Hall, Berman Room
Returned Artists Panel with Slides
Moderated by Carol Newborg
Russell Craig, Watani Stiner, Henry Frank, William Brown, Sheila Bostic
Day III (Friday, 6.19.15) – McLaren Conference Center
State Perspectives
8:00-9:00 Registration and Coffee/snacks
9:00-10:00 State Perspectives on Arts and Justice – Where Do We Go From Here?
Alma Robinson, Executive Director, California Lawyers for the Arts, Moderator
Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council
Millicent Tidwell, Director of Rehabilitative Programs,
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
10:00 to 10:40  Keynote Speaker:  California 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 Performance – Marcus Shelby Trio
11:00  Closing Remarks and Evaluation
11:15 - 12     Lunch on the bus to San Quentin (Clearance list is now closed)
1-3:30   Showcase of San Quentin Arts  – visual arts show, The Artistic Ensemble, poetry, musical performance, Shakespeare scene (Marin Shakespeare) and group discussions with participants
5:00 Return to USF (approximately)
Important Logistical Information:
Unless otherwise noted, all conference activities take place at USF’s McLaren Conference Center.
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 conference participants at the Koret Gym Parking Lot at the intersection of Turk and Parker Streets.
Closest Muni Lines are the #5 Fulton, #38 Geary, #31 Balboa and #43 Masonic.
For more information, contact 
After June 15, payments will also be accepted at the registration desk



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