PNAP views access to art and education for incarcerated folks as a means to create networks that challenge boundaries between inside and outside. Community events create spaces to hold critical conversations about the prison industrial complex, criminalization, and access to art and education; the words and images of incarcerated people are centered through sharing their written and spoken words and artwork. Events including musical performances, workshops, readings, and conversations are always free and are hosted in neighborhoods across the city. View current and upcoming events here

In addition to community events held across Chicago, PNAP hosts community celebrations and programs inside of Stateville. Guest lectures bring artists, activists, and experts into the prison to share their work and be in conversation with PNAP students. From March-May 2015, a series of films curated by Amir George, Josh Rios, Anthony Romero and Michael Phillips screened on “inmate tv,” a television channel that screens exclusively inside of the prison. End of semester ceremonies hosted between 2012 and 2019 featured guest speakers, performances, and readings from students. PNAP’s first UWW graduation in May 2019 featured remarks by Angela Y. Davis, Professor Emeritus at University of California Santa Cruz, and Juliana Stratton, Lieutenant Governor of Illinois and a musical performance by Chance the Rapper.

It’s Now community mural unveiling celebration in North Lawndale, 2017
The Long Term exhibition at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, 2018
It’s Now: Washington Park community mural paint day, 2018
The Weight of Rage exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, 2016