Books For Prisoner’s 5th Annual: Prisoner Art Show

Books for Prisoners is a non-profit, student organization at UCSD (University of California, San Diego) affiliated with Groundwork Bookstore. Our organization receives letters from inmates all over the country requesting books and resources. We send donated books (textbooks, novels, magazines, dictionaries, etc) directly to the inmates who write to us. In return they often send us artwork, stories and letters about their lives inside the prison system. Our goal is to help better educate inmates while they are incarcerated in the prison system.

 Once a year, we hold an art show fundraiser to raise money for the postage of mailing books. We display the artwork, letters and stories sent to us in an effort to better educate the public about the condition of the prison system.  We also showcase student art work side by side in hopes of drawing connection between the power of expression and individual human experience.


Books for Prisoners 5th Annual: Prisoner Art Show

Wednesday, May 18th 2011 

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Price Center, Ballroom East


Please show your support! RSVP on our Facebook Event Page


Call for art work:

We are currently seeking student artwork of any kind (photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, etc ) for display at our Prisoner Art Show. Art works do not need to be themed but we are certainly interested in issues of social justice.  Additionally, if you would like to outright donate any of your work to our fundraiser we will be holding a silent-auction at the event and donated artworks will be sold in the auction.

Anyone who’s interested, please contact us as soon as you can. Please click HERE for the art work submission form, or email with any questions or concerns. Any and all contributions for either display or donation will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your support!


BFP Meeting Minutes 2-9-2011

*Bookwrapping – Friday, 2/18!
-Sarah will check if TAP has been approved by emailing AS.
-Check prices for mail services to calculate how many books we can send!
-No spending over budget limit.

*Fundraising – Korean BBQ fundraiser (Wednesday)

-March 2, 4, or 9 (week 9 or 10, depending on when funds come out).

-Jacky will reserve day and Library Walk spot and notify Sarah.

*Designate day and time to clean out storage room.
-Sign up for different days?
-Next Wednesday (2/16)
[Can Lisa send out reminder to everyone to recruit those who would like to help out?]
*Old letters – send to other Books for Prisoners organization.
*TAP for art show
-Combine with book sale fundraiser (advertise cause!)
*Reserve for BFP tabling on Library Walk [Tabling in Week 1 of Spring Quarter (M-F)]

[Note: TAPs take 2 weeks to complete!]


Welcome to Books for Prisoners at UCSD!