Welcome to The Prisons Foundation

Welcome to the website of the Prisons Foundation. We are one of the oldest and most established 501 (c)(3) nonprofit prisoner art advocacy groups in the nation! The Prisons Foundation is a division of the Safe Streets Arts Foundation which also incorporates the Victims Foundation. Site updated AUGUST 2009

Check out our new "Behind the Wall" page where we profile prisoner and ex prisoner artists and justice advocates! This month we talk with artist-in-demand Anthony Dye. Mr. Dye is a prolific artist whose "outsider art" is highly sought by collectors. Anthony's style is highly praised for its restrained detail, balanced use of objects and bombastic metaphors and color-play; all of which is used to create unusual themes. A real-life artistic genius, Anthony commands the awe and respect of both artists, collectors and justice advocates (all while creating art behind bars!). Mr Dye works closely with the Prisons Foundation.
Check out some samples of Anthony's work here:

Get your Free daily installment of news featuring the latest national, global and local prison developments & updates from authoritative sources. The News section is also updated often with developments concerning the Prisons Foundations itself!
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A top professional with an impressive background in theater, justice advocacy and education has joined our team to help make this year's From-Prison-to-Stage program at the Kennedy Center our best yet. Joan A. Whaley has joined us to coordinate our critical fundraising efforts to meet the expenses of the free night of riveting entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009 from 7:30 to 10 pm on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. The evening features a talented cast, a professional director and outstanding prisoner-written plays and music selected after a year-long national search. If you would like to be included in our printed Kennedy Center program as a supporter of this landmark evening, or would like your justice-related materials placed on one of our free literature tables at the Kennedy Center (there's no cost for this), please email Joan today at staff@prisonsfoundation.org or (703)943-6189. Pledging your support is easy. Use your credit card or mail your check payable to Safe Streets Arts Foundation, 1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20006. Thank you!


Visit the Prison Art Gallery, 1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20006. Over 1,000 artworks by imprisoned artists, all on display and for sale. Open M-F 9 to 5, and Sat & Sun 1 to 5. We can always be contacted at staff@prisonsfoundation.org or by calling 202-393-1511. For directions to the gallery click HERE. "
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Imagine owning lovely, limited edition numbered, prison art prints, or beauttiful original art by a talented imprisoned artists. We've made prints of some of our more popular works (which are matted and framed). and choose from dozens of dramatic and beautiful prints for immediate shipment anywhere in the world. Or browse the stunning original art we have for sale


This year's program promises to be even bigger and better and will feature an introduction written specifically for the event by renowned activist Mumia Abu Jamal!
Our deadline for submissions has passed and we appreciate the hundreds of scripts, plays and theatrical sketches we received. Our Review Committee is now in the final stages of selecting works for the program. The "From Prison to the Stage" Program attracts an international audience and wide press coverage, and this year we have sent an invitation to First Lady Michelle Obama to join us along with a long list of distinguished guests which includes familiar civil rights activists, prison reform advocates and more than a few surprise guests.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts each year on Labor Day weekend hosts the Page-To-Stage Festival, of which our From-Prison-to-the-Stage Show has been a part. From-Prison-to-the-Stage features a wide variety of outstanding ex-prisoner performing artists. See the from the 2008 event and take a look at the impressive from the production.
You can also check out our youtube snapshot of the event


Listen to and download hundreds of performed by the Prison Art Gallery Guitar Ensemble, featuring ex-prisoner Dennis Sobin. From jazz to blues, from Motown to Latino to the Beatles.


In addition to showcasing prison art, we publish the (albeit sporadically) newsletter that profiles imprisoned artists and reports criminal justice developments, including victim assistance programs that our artists support.

Make Money While Making a Difference in Prisons Across America: is our latest book, and it's for anyone who wants to operate a Prison Art Gallery satellite sales and information center. Such centers, known as Prison Art Kiosks, display and sell arts and crafts made by imprisoned male and female artists from across America. The Kiosks also offer books, information and literature on ways to improve prison conditions, rehabilitation programs, victim assistance, and the re-entry of released prisoners to society. This is an ideal investment, a great new career, a chance to make a great difference while making a good living.


Whether you're looking for prison art T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, tote bags, calendars, clocks, cups, teddy bears or other gift items, you'll find them at our We offer gorgeous, practical, high quality, and reasonably priced gifts for everyone, with a money back guarantee. Support the mission of the Prisons Foundation while showing off unique and creative clothing, accesories and gifts!

A CALL FOR SUPPORT: The Prisons Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC that promotes the arts and education in prison and alternatives to incarceration. We are now accepting tax deductable donations. The support of our supporters, quite bluntly, is what keeps us going. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Prisons Foundation so that we may continue to promote the arts in prison and help encourage the wonderful atistic talent we cultivate everyday



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