Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)

  • 1801 East Quad
  • 701 E. University
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) was founded in 1990 with the mission to collaborate with currently and formerly incarcerated adults to strengthen our community through creative expression. Housed in the University of Michigan’s Residential College, faculty and students work with community members both inside and outside prisons to engage in workshops in theatre, dance, visual art, creative writing, slam poetry, and music. Annually, PCAP hosts one of the largest prisoner art exhibitions in the world and publishes a literary journal of writing by incarcerated authors. With arts programming and events year round, the organization serves as a creative hub for those with links to the criminal justice system, community volunteers, faculty, students, and university staff.

In order to fulfill its mission of strengthening our community through creative expression, the Prison Creative Arts Project: