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Roses That Grew From Concrete: New York City

  • New York University, School of Social Work 1 Washington Square North New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Educate Don’t Incarcerate in collaboration with the Center for Justice at Columbia University is hosting an art exhibition and panel discussion in support of Artistic Noise and the Justice in Education Initiative at Columbia University.

Artistic Noise brings the freedom and power of creativity to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs in Massachusetts and in New York participants are given a voice for their experiences, which builds communities 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. 

This exhibition will also include artwork from Columbia University’s Justice in Education students involved in the Just Arts & Media Lab. The Just Arts & Media Lab brings together youth who are passionate about exploring social justice narratives from their own lives and communities to create stories that inspire others to make change. The youth involved learn digital media tools, college prep and workforce readiness skills, and work as a team to produce creative projects.

We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people. Art has the power to change perceptions because it can convey humanity and transformation. It has the capacity to elicit an empathic connection from the viewer, the kind of response is needed to affect the necessary shift in the contemporary narrative about youth with a criminal conviction.

Event Agenda:

5:00 - 5:30 Seating

5:30 - 6:30 Discussion: Juvenile Justice

6:30 - 8:00 Reception/Open Exhibition

This event is being organized in partnership with New York University Silver School of Social Work, Knock Knock Give a Sock, Community Collaborative Board, McSilver Institute of Research and Poverty, The Doe Fund, the Center for Justice at Columbia University, Opportunities and Change and more. Each organization has an interest to improve the current conditions for juveniles within the justice system.

Earlier Event: December 4
An Evening of Art: Boston
Later Event: April 10
Ubuntu Arts Showcase: Boston