By working with youth while incarcerated or confined as well as back in the community Artistic Noise provides continuity for young people who are often experiencing trauma and upheaval in their lives. Our staff of teaching artists and licensed art therapists works with our participants to create safe, challenging spaces for creative expression. Using a variety of artistic mediums, youth explore themes such as friendship, loss, sexual violence, community, freedom, identity and their dreams for the future. This structured art making fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills that are beneficial to teens. By collaborating with their peers and teachers, youth learn to follow a complex project through to fruition.


Artistic Noise’s Programs: 

Studio Art Workshops in Residential Facilities: Weekly workshops provide incarcerated youth with a safe and structured environment to document and process complex feelings and share their stories.

Art Therapy Workshops: In NYC, Artistic Noise provides art therapy workshops for youth who are on probation, offering support in working towards a deeper level of self-awareness. In Boston, graduate level interns integrate art therapy into all of our programming.

Art, Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Programs in Community Settings (A&E): In this intensive program, participants develop their creative skills as individuals and collaborators as well as their business skills as paid artists, entrepreneurs and curators. Once hired, youth earn an hourly wage as they work with their peers to create, market and sell original artwork and curate an annual art exhibit in a gallery. In NYC this program is held at Artistic Noise’s headquarters, a storefront space in the heart of Harlem.