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


Join Us in December for a prison performance or the youth winter showcase.

Join us Thursday, December 8th at 1pm or 7pm in Pacific--just a quick 35 minutes from STL--for an in-prison performance. Participants at the men's prison will share their personal stories about incarceration and redemption. Then on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm, the young writers at the St. Louis City Detention Center will share their original writings in a Winter Showcase. RSVP deadlines are a week away, so please sign up today!    


For his infinite contributions to society, and his great big heart, we celebrate danny.

Prison Performing Arts is deeply saddened by the passing of 13-year board veteran, Daniel H. Kohl. Danny's unwavering dedication to social justice, civil rights, education and the environment is unmatched. We miss him enormously, but we know his lifetime of achievements will continue to benefit our world for generations. Thank you, Danny, for putting your heart and soul into PPA participants for so many years. We miss you. We love you.
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Wardens see the behavioral changes: increased tolerance, self-confidence, social skills and commitment. The Missouri Director of Corrections, George Lombardi, says the impact—on participants and the broader prison culture—is so positive, he wants us in every Missouri prison.

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