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Prison Creative Arts Project

Recent News

PCAP is part of new qualitative research initiative

The Documenting Criminalization and Confinement Initiative will run until August 31, 2021.

A love of language and the process of transforming incarcerated people's words into books

Phil Cristman, Editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, shared with us his thoughts on writing, selecting pieces from hundreds of submissions, teaching and his pursuit to understand the Midwest which became a book.


The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) brings those impacted by the justice system and the University of Michigan community into artistic collaboration for mutual learning and growth. We are a program of the LSA Residential College. Founded in 1990 with a single theatre workshop, PCAP has grown to include courses, exhibits, publications, arts programming, and events that reach thousands of people each year.


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