CDCR inmates show art alongside Johnny Cash exhibit

Artwork produced by inmates is displayed at a museum.
Inmate artwork is being shown at an art gallery in Rancho Cordova. A special panel discussion will be offered Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

By OPEC staff
Photos by Clarissa Resultan, TV Specialist

CDCR’s Arts in Corrections (AIC) takes the spotlight today and tomorrow (Feb. 20-21) during a Johnny Cash photographic exhibit at the Mills Station Arts and Culture Center in Rancho Cordova. A panel discussion with three AIC representatives will be offered Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento, and other institutions put their creative talent to work to prepare for the show. The exhibit runs through Saturday (Feb. 22).

The inmate art is being shown in conjunction with “1968: A Folsom Redemption,” described as a photographic journey of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

Arts in Corrections panel discussion

Framed artwork is shown hanging in a gallery.
Inmate artwork is being displayed through Feb. 22 in Rancho Cordova.

Three speakers will discuss inmate rehabilitation through artwork on Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“This will be an interesting and great learning conversation about the healing properties of the Arts,” according to organizers.

Carol Hinds (speaker) — She lives in Los Angeles and has recently retired from a 40-year career in healthcare. She is the parent of an inmate serving 25 years to live sentence which began in 2000 a the age of 18 at California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC). His is now at California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. She served as secretary on the Inmate Family Council at SAC for more than 14 years and now serves at CMC. She is also a member of the Statewide Inmate Family Council at CDCR Headquarters in downtown Sacramento. In addition to becoming involved with these Councils, she has become an advocate and speaker for the Arts in Corrections Program sharing personal stories that reflect the positive and healing effects that art, music and creative writing have had on her son and other in the prison process in a positive way, and one she continues to expand as an advocate for the Arts in Corrections in the California prison system.

Jim Carlson (speaker) — Is a visual artist. Carlson began his teaching career in 1971 in Azusa Pacific College. He has worked with California’s Arts in Corrections program since 1984. As an AIC artist/facilitator, in collaboration with the William James Association of Santa Cruz, he created and ran the art programs at San Quentin and SAC. He was also statewide manager of the Arts in Corrections for five years.

Anna Plemons (speaker) — She has taught nonfiction narrative through AIC at SAC since 2009. She teaches for the Lake Tahoe Community College Incarcerated Students Program and is a faculty member at Washington State University. she has published work related to prison education in Teaching Artist Journal, Community Literacy Journal, and the edited collections Prison Pedagogy: Learning and Teaching with Imprisoned Writers.

Three toucans with colorful beaks sit among foliage in this inmate produced piece of artwork.


Mills Station Arts and Culture Center
Address: 10191 Mills Station Road, Rancho Cordova
Hours: Thursday and Friday 3-8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free