California Lawyers for the Arts and William James Association collaborate with Loyola Marymount fornational conference.

Arts in Corrections:  Building Bridges to the Future:

Event will run from June 26 to 30, 2017 at Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, June 12, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — – California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) in conjunction with the William James Association will present a national conference entitled: Arts in Corrections: Building Bridges to the Future. The conference will take place at Loyola Marymount University located at: 1 Loyola Marymount Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045. The event will commence on Monday, June 26 and will run through Friday, June 30. A full list of events can be found at: calawyersforthearts.org.

CLA's collaborative advocacy with the William James Association to restore arts programs in correctional institutions began in 2011, after a 10-year drought in state funding for arts programs in prisons. As the result of their demonstration project in four state prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provided the California Arts Council with a 2.5 million contract for arts programs for a two-year pilot project in up to 19 state prisons in 2014. The CDCR investment in the arts as a rehabilitation strategy has since grown to $8 million/year in all 38 state prisons for the next fiscal year, 2017-18.

The purpose of the conference at LMU is to expand the capacity of the arts sector to meet this growing demand for arts services in the state's correctional institutions.

This conference will provide expert practitioners in the field with opportunities to showcase best practices, learn about current research models and results, and gain insights into new developments and challenges. The intended audience includes experienced artists as well as those who are new to arts in corrections. All participants will have opportunities to take sequential classes from master artists with years of experience teaching art of different genres in institutional settings. In addition to artists, arts administrators, and arts in correction alumni, speakers will include educators, and allied professionals from the mental health and criminal justice sectors, including psychologists, sociologists, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and elected officials.

CLA's collaborative advocacy with the William James Association to restore arts programs in correctional institutions began in 2011, after a 10-year drought in state funding for arts programs in prisons. As the result of their demonstration project in four state prisons, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provided the California Arts Council with a 2.5 million contract for arts programs for a two-year pilot project in up to 19 state prisons in 2014. The CDCR investment in the arts as a rehabilitation strategy has since grown to $8 million/year in all 38 state prisons for the next fiscal year, 2017-18.

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) has safeguarded artists’ free speech and expression since 1974. Founded as Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, the organization became statewide in 1987, when it joined forces with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-LA. CLA provides educational programs, legal counseling alternative dispute resolution and information services for more than 11,000 persons annually. Advocacy efforts on behalf of the arts community include support for artists' rights and royalties as well as the Arts in Corrections Initiative.

For more information, contact Mike Mena at 310-913-0625 or mike@ileanainternational.com

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Mike Mena
California Lawyer for the Arts
310-316-0612
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