Reentry Through the Arts Program

Painted Brain

Los Angeles, CA

Painted Brain and the California Arts Council present the Reentry Through the Arts Program designed to provide access to arts programming that promotes community building, supports mental health and community integration to returned residents of Los Angeles County. This program will support 6 adult artists (2 cohorts of 3) in expanding their artistic skills and talents.

Selected artists will have access to PB’s open studio workshops with a variety of art materials and equipment that supports their medium and the opportunity to learn and practice industrial arts modalities. In addition, each Artist will have the opportunity to learn art show development and receive guidance on art show installation, marketing and showcasing the work they have created. Each cohort will culminate with a public arts event featuring art developed and curated by the Artists. Our art events will focus on utilizing the arts for healing, community integration, and skill building.

About Painted Brain: Painted Brain is an innovative peer-run mental health arts and tech organization that uses a peer model focused on recovery. All PB staff are considered peers which are defined as any person with lived mental health challenges and or trauma including but not limited to: social injustice, interpersonal violence, and societal exclusion. Painted Brain creates lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts advocacy and enterprise.
Eligibility & Expectations: The Reentry Through the Arts Program is intended to service Los Angeles County’s reentry population.

Must be 18 years of age or older who
Must have been previously incarcerated, even just for one day
Must be a current resident of Los Angeles County.
Artists selected will also be expected to meet weekly for 4 months for a total of 16 open studio sessions at PB’s local community center.
Participants must be able to meet these requirements.
Artists of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply


Cohort 1 Timeline Sep. 2022 - Feb 2023
Aug 29th - 1st Cohort Application deadline
Sep. 5th - 1st Cohort Workshops begin

Cohort 2 Timeline Feb. 2023 - June 2023
Jan. 23rd 2023 - 2nd Cohort Application deadline (dependent on availability)
Feb. 13th - 2nd Cohort Workshops begin

All applications must be submitted via by 10/1/22.

For any additional questions please contact [email protected] with
“Reentry Arts” in your subject line.

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