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The Prison Arts INiTiative

Project PAINT is an arts organization at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California. We create collaborative projects, conduct visual arts and fine crafts workshops, and provide informative lectures for inmates as rehabilitation.


  • Come on out to The Big House at the Glashaus exhibition at the Glashaus Mainspace Gallery, open Thursday, December 31 through Sunday, January 17. On Sunday, January 3rd we have a reception from 3 to 6pm and a panel discussion from 4 to 5pm with Project Paint founding director Laura Pecenco and Artist-Instructors Kathleen Mitchell, Anna Stump, and Daphne Hill.
  • Thanks for joining us for our panel discussion at theOceanside Museum of Art on Thursday, August 13, from 6:30-8:00 pm. The lively talk, which featured the RJDCF Warden, Project PAINT's lead instructor, a formerly incarcerated artist, and an inmate's mother was moderated by Project PAINT's director, was given to a full house!
  • The reception for our exhibition "Art Transports Us Out of Bounds: Prison Arts in San Diego" was a smashing success! We were joined by 3 other amazing exhibitions.
  • Thank you for coming out to the Museum of Photographic Arts for our pop-up event on July 2! Prison arts photographer Peter Merts was on hand, accompanied by his amazing photography of Project PAINT and a silent auction featuring the artwork of our participants.
  • Renowned prison arts photographer Peter Merts attended a recent Project PAINT session at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. See his exceptional work here.


Project PAINT has garnered extensive media coverage to date, including by PBS television and National Public Radio affiliates.

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