For 22 years, we have helped prisoners, former prisoners, and incarcerated youth build Second Acts through engagement with the arts.


rsvp now for the july 30th prison performance — the rover & spoken word

The women at WERDCC in Vandalia are performing The Rover and Spoken Word Thursday, July 30th. The Rover follows the adventures of a band of banished English cavaliers as they delight in a carnival in Naples. The performance is followed by poetry readings by inmate poets in our Spoken Word class. Q&A and reception to follow. 

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Support the PPA founder's fund — honoring our founder, Agnes wilcox

PPA founder, Agnes Wilcox, retired this spring, and PPA is in the midst of an important transition. Donate today to the PPA Founder's Fund in honor of Agnes Wilcox, and help PPA continue to provide opportunities for incarcerated adults and youth involved with the family court.

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PPA Recognized by Backstage — 10 Arts Organizations That Change Lives

Fans of This American Life might know Prison Performing Arts from “Act V,” a popular 2002 episode chronicling its production of “Hamlet” in a high-security prison. For those who haven’t heard the show, PPA works with incarcerated juveniles and adults all over St. Louis and the surrounding areas, teaching teamwork, discipline, and creativity to those who need it most.
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