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:
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-MEET OUR NEW KENNEDY CENTER FROM-PRISON-TO-STAGE COORDINATOR!
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 email@example.com 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!
ART GALLERY IN THE HEART OF WASHINGTON D.C.-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-393-1511.
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AFFORDABLE PRISON ART -
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
-2009 KENNEDY CENTER EVENT PROMISES TO BE HUGE-
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.
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
-AUTHENTIC MUSIC CREATED BY THE "PRISON ART GALLERY GUITAR ENSEMBLE!"-
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.
1600 K Street NW, Suite 501, Washington, DC 20006. E-mail:
Staff@PrisonsFoundation.org Phone: 202-393-1511
Notice: The Internal Revenue Service has determined that the Prisons
Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
and that, in view of its official nonprofit status, contributions made
to the Prisons Foundation are deductible to the fullest extent of the