Carnegie Hall has announced that its Weill Music Institute and the Los Angeles-based Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network have partnered to launch a national initiative focused on the intersection of arts and youth justice.
The initiative, Create Justice, will work to generate a national network of arts and justice leaders dedicated to fostering strategies that empower the nation's most at-risk youth to reach their full potential through opportunities in the arts. Building on a forum held in March, the effort will include additional meetings to be held in September in Los Angeles and in March in New York City. For the initiative's first public event, policy makers and artists will convene in Los Angeles to refine ideas and priorities that emerged from the initial meeting of participants and advance a national plan of action.
"The cost to incarcerate a young person in California is $200,000 per year and in New York the cost is $350,000 per year," said AIYN executive director Kaile Shilling. "In that context, it inspires us even further to invest in our youth by focusing on education, increasing access to the arts, and transforming the juvenile justice system."