For over two decades, we have helped prisoners, former prisoners, and Justice-involved youth build Second Acts through engagement with the arts.


honoring our founder

The Agnes Wilcox Founder's Fund was established in 2015 to sustain and grow PPA's flagship prison program.  The Fund was started by Mark and Peggy Holly in honor of the immense contributions of PPA founder Agnes Wilcox.  Agnes was an inspiration to many --- from prisoners to theater critics, from incarcerated youth to the most...

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Prison Performing Arts and Family Court - Juvenile Division present the 2018 Youth Winter Showcase on Thursday, December 20th at St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center. Performance starts at 6:30pm with check-in at 6:00pm. Seating is limited. You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Admission is free but online RSVP is required.


We believe that incarcerated people can become productive citizens. We believe that recidivism is not inevitable. We believe the arts are the secret.