The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project at Auburn University APAEP offers access to educational opportunities to people currently and formerly incarcerated across the state. The APAEP community cultivates inclusive, student-centered spaces for creativity, exploration, and lifelong relationships with learning. We value respect, dignity, equity, compassion, and innovation.



In-Person Classes Offered


Classes Offered at the Community Education Resource Center in Birmingham, AL


Students Reached


Classroom Hours


Continuing Education Units Awards


Teachers Involved


Tutors Involved


Visting Artists and Scholars


First class of Students at Staton Correctional Facility

Auburn graduates first class of students at Staton Correctional Facility

December 15, 2023

A college education can mean a pathway to a brighter future, a chance for a better life. It’s that extra credential needed to land the dream job you’ve always wanted, to prepare you to improve your community.

APAEP Student Artwork

Lifting Paintbrushes, Hearts and Minds

Novemember 1, 2023

At its heart, APAEP was inspired by the students—people who took the risk to sign up for something new, to express themselves and their desire to learn.

Tameca Cole

From Prison to the Museum of Modern Art

July 31, 2023

Tameca Cole is an artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the country and, most notably, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art PS1.

ABPP Second Annual Art Show

The Art of Second Chances: ABPP Celebrates Second Annual Art Show

April 12, 2023

The second annual Changing the Course: Art by the Currently & Formerly Incarcerated exhibition event was held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery.

Arts and Education program promotes prison reform in alabama

Arts and education program promotes prison reform in Alabama

November 9, 2022

Kyes Stevens started the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program, which offers a variety of classes to incarcerated students all over the state.