More than half of arts-in-corrections participants in a California study reported that the self-confidence they gained in the arts programs motivated them to participate in other educational and vocational opportunities.
Youth participating in arts programs show significant improvement in social and emotional learning skills, e.g., conflict resolution, future orientation, critical response, and career readiness. Youth participants measured 25–39% higher on these key skills after completing the program.
Participation in arts programs improves inmates’ ability to understand their own emotions, feel safe expressing themselves, and communicate effectively, all key factors in rehabilitation. Participants also report lowered racial tension and improved relationships with each other and with guards.