The Artists in Absentia exhibition is now on display at libraries in Madison, Oregon, and Cross Plains, Wisconsin! Please visit http://www.artistsinabsentia.com for more information and digital versions of the creative works on display.

Oakhill Entrance. Photo Credit: Naomi Olson

Thank you for your interest in the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project, formed by the collective organization and cooperation of several individual educational projects at the Oakhill Correctional Institution. The educational programming offered by our program is facilitated by volunteer instructors who lead discussions on a variety of academic topics (with a focus on the Humanities) at Oakhill Correctional Institution, a minimum-security men’s correctional facility located in Oregon, Wisconsin. Instructors usually volunteer to teach one course with a specific focus that meets on the same night every week, and courses typically last 8 weeks.

View our program brochure for OPHP

Who we are: University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students, faculty, and community partners 

What we teach: Our course offerings vary depending on student interests and volunteer availability. We typically offer courses on literature and cultural studies, covering topics such as fiction reading, prose, poetry, creative writing, African-American studies, and Spanish-language Spoken word. Classes run in eight-weeks sessions throughout the year.

How to get involved: Contact the project coordinator, Claire Mason, at: oakhillprisonhumanitiesproject@gmail.com