Artistic Noise - Press Profile

2011 Union Square Arts Award Recipient

315 Flatbush Avenue, #507
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Media Contact: Lauren Adelman, Director
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Artistic Noise was launched in Boston and established a New York City chapter in 2008 in partnership with The Children’s Aid Society’s LINC program for youth coming out of juvenile detention centers. Since then Artistic Noise has built partnerships offering arts programs and services both inside and outside of juvenile detention facilities. The bridge between detention and community provides continuity for young people who are experiencing tremendous trauma and upheaval in their lives. Participants are 13 to 18 year olds detained in the juvenile justice system and young people, 14 to 21years old, transitioning back into their Brooklyn, Bronx, and Harlem communities.

Artistic Noise provides young people with the opportunity to document their lives using the visual arts while learning valuable life and job skills. Its intensive studio art and entrepreneurship programs emphasize technical skills, but the main impetus is to allow for safe, effective, and meaningful communication of life experiences through visual language and the building of community connections. Using varied artistic mediums, the students reflect on their experiences and express their unique perspective about themselves and their communities.

Artistic Noise students hired through the art and entrepreneurship program develop creative and business skills as artists and curators. Each participant leaves the program with a resume, professional reference, and portfolio that contains artwork, entrepreneurial design projects, an exhibition catalog, and writing samples. They learn about art world careers and create art exhibits. They also gain experience running their own small businesses including a holiday card project and a t-shirt enterprise. Sessions take place from September through June with a culminating event held at New York University's Commons Gallery.  The event includes an exhibit of student work and reception for Artistic Noise artists, community members, alumni, friends, family, and supporters.


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