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Incarcerated Young Adults Get a Gallery Show at NYU

A new exhibition celebrates the 15-year anniversary of the Artistic Noise outreach program.
Images courtesy of Artistic Noise

A community outreach organization committed to providing creative outlets for young adults involved in the juvenile justice system celebrates its 15-year anniversary with an exhibition of artwork made by members of their New York and Boston-based programs. All of the work featured in Artistic Noise'sInfinite Revolution exhibition, on display at the Commons Gallery in NYU from June 23 - June 27, were created by 15-23-year-olds either currently incarcerated, on probation, or working for the organization in their advanced program.


The advocacy group offers a platform for young people to explore their creative potentials and voice their life experiences through visual expression. Administrators and volunteers host studio art and art therapy workshops, entrepreneurial and curatorial programs, and classes centered around youth leadership development. The Artistic Noise philosophy is rooted in what they believe to be the transformative potential of artmaking and its benefits for young minds. Participants are taught to view contemporary art through a critical lens and encouraged to consider how the arts can be used as a vehicle for self-reflection.

Artistic Noise writes on their website, “We do not avoid dealing with sensitive issues (such as racism, abuse, love, violence, identity, anger, or depression), understanding the participants' need to express difficult emotions in a safe, constructive context.”

Infinite Revolution is curated by members of Artistic Noise’s advanced youth program. The show’s curatorial team meets three times a week at the organization’s Harlem storefront space, where they discuss what works will be put on display, how to organize the collection, and how to frame each work.

Infinite Revolution will be on display at the Commons Gallery in NYU from June 23 - June 27, 2016. For tickets and more information about Artistic Noise, head over to their website.


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