Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.
Our youth artists are passionate, creative, and full of potential. Reflective of the statistics for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, over 95% of Artistic Noise participants are Black or Latinx. They are 13 - 21 years old. You might notice that throughout our website, we don’t show their faces in photographs. That's because we know our society can be unkind to people with a history of incarceration. The majority of the young people we work with will have their records sealed. We want to ensure working with Artistic Noise won't interfere with access to future opportunities.