Mass Incarceration and how young people are treated by the juvenile justice system are major social justice issues of our time.
Art is a powerful tool to effect social change. Artistic Noise does this by helping our youth to tell their own stories to the public through art and advocate for themselves and their communities. It is vital for our youth artists to tell their own stories rather than relying on others to tell their stories for them.
Viewing works of visual art allows the public to connect to and understand the artist without the artist being present. In that way the youth artists’ stories can be told and retold in the public sphere even as they may still be removed from public life while incarcerated.