P.A.T.H. was founded by Director, Leslie Lakes, a professional artist who has been passionate about supporting Arts in Corrections since 2005.

As a professional artist in my own right, I was first introduced to artwork by incarcerated artists in 2005 when The Fortune Society in NYC sponsored their “Fifth Annual Inmate Art Auction.”  Like others  at the time, I bid on several pieces of artwork; when I finally received the  artwork in the mail, I was so blown away by the sheer talent that I requested to write back to the respective artists  to share and show my appreciation.  Over the years, I have had the unique opportunity and pleasure to get to know many of these incredibly talented individuals.  Hence, P.A.T.H. was formed from the heart; a labor of love and from my long-standing desire to create a platform to showcase their incredible artistic talent.  P.A.T.H. is also designed to provide a platform for a much needed voice and validation to incarcerated artists - those in the shadows and largely hidden to the public eye, while providing them with a vehicle to give back to the community in a meaningful and powerful way – through their art! 




Board of Advisors



Kerry Tusup, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager Bank of Marin

Barry Toranto, Fine Art Photographer;
Former owner of WIGT Printing



P.A.T.H: Prison Arts Touching Hearts is a registered entity with the County of Marina and is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California nonprofit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.