It all started in 2001 when a lawyer brought her camera into a girls detention unit.
Clinical Professor Francine Sherman is also an amateur photographer. Since creating art was a meaningful part of her life, she thought it might be interesting for the youth she represented to try it out as well. Soon she brought in an artist and educator, Lauren Adelman, to join the experiment. At its conclusion, one incarcerated young woman wasn’t ready to let the experience end there -- so together the trio formed Artistic Noise. That young woman was Minotte Romulus, who currently works as our Assistant Director in Boston running studio art workshops in the very facility where she served time as a teen.
Seven years later our co-founding artist Lauren Adelman expanded Artistic Noise to New York and we became an independent non-profit. Our model has grown beyond studio art workshops to include art therapy and an entrepreneurship program for youth who’ve returned to the community, providing treatment and continuity in their lives. Over the years Artistic Noise has helped hundreds of teens affected by the justice system in both Greater Boston and New York City each year. We remain a small but powerful grassroots organization with a narrowly focused mission to change lives through art.
The three co-founders still serve in the leadership of Artistic Noise: Francine T. Sherman is a board member and Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School; Lauren Adelman is the New York Executive Director and a practicing artist; and Minotte Romulus is the Boston Assistant Director, a former board member, and a former youth participant.