ITAS Podcast Season 5, Ep.6

I have been waiting for this interview to happen for over a year! My guest is Annie Buckley, an artist, educator, and founder of the Prison Arts Collective – another amazing art non-profit in San Diego that changes lives for the better. I’m humbled by Annie’s dedication to arts and social justice and am happy to be on a list of volunteers with PAC.

Listen to my conversation with Annie in this episode on our art podcast 🙂

Annie Buckley - Prison Arts Collective

About Annie Buckley

Annie Buckley is an artist, writer, and educator with an emphasis on art and social justice. She is an award-winning Professor as well as the Director of the Institute for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Justice at San Diego State University and the founding Director of Prison Arts Collective. Her photo collage and participatory artworks have been included in museum and gallery exhibitions and her writing about contemporary art is published in leading publications including in Artforum,

Art in America, The Huffington Post, and Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor.

Buckley is the founder and director of Prison Arts Collective, an initiative dedicated to expanding access to the arts to those who are incarcerated. She has been awarded prestigious grants from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for this community-engaged project and the work has been featured in national and international press including, most recently, The Guardian. Her column about teaching art in prisons, “Art Inside,” is published by the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor. Buckley has a BA with honors from UC Berkeley and an MFA in New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design. 

Artworks by Annie Buckley

About the Prison Arts Collective

Prison Arts Collective (PAC) believes in art as a human right and the capacity of art to cultivate community and positive change. PAC is dedicated to expanding access to the transformative power of art to people experiencing incarceration through partnerships with California state universities. PAC is headquartered at San Diego State University with partnerships at CSU San Bernardino, CSU Fullerton, and Humboldt State University. PAC evolved out of socially-engaged art and community advocacy. Through University-prison partnerships, PAC draws on the expertise and research of faculty, the energy and enthusiasm of students, and dedicated staff to provide visual and interdisciplinary arts programming in California prisons. PAC is influenced by liberatory pedagogy and principles of restorative justice. 

Links and references

Annie Buckley Official website:

Hybrids series at De Soto Gallery:

Art Inside on LA Review Books:

Prison Arts Collective:






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