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Effort emerging to bring arts back to California prisons

by Mary Plummer | Take Two

Inmate Rudy Sigala paints pandas for his three children. The class is Sigala's first time painting, but he has drawn before. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Art and Prisons. It may seem strange, but the two have a long history together in California. Back in the 1940s, prisoners at San Quentin participated in everything from radio to music to drawing programs.

RELATED: See more photos on KPCC's AudioVision blog.

More recently, California had a program known as Arts in Corrections. It was operating across the state until it was cut just a few years ago. KPCC's education reporter Mary Plummer caught up with one of the last remaining prison arts teachers in the state. She brings you this audio postcard.

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