Family Court Project, 2011
EGA Harlem LINC Program, Children's Aid Society - Harlem, NY
In late 2010, Creative Arts Workshops for Kids (CAW), a Harlem-based arts non-pofit organization secured a space for a public art project in the Manhattan Family Court. The project grasped the unique potential of embracing a restorative justice model and asked Artistic Noise and our court-involved youth to create the artwork. All of our youth have themselves spent time in the courthouse and waiting room and the opportunity to involve them in the creation of artwork for it was particularly meaningful. Artistic Noise, along with our partners, The Creative Arts Workshop for Kids and The Children's Aid Society's LINC Program hosted an unveiling/ dedication for the Family Court project at The Lower Manhattan Family Court 4th Floor Waiting room on June 30, 2010. It was a huge success with the dedication of the 8 large-scale banners that are permanently installed. Four teen artists read their artist statements to a packed waiting room with judges, officers, court employees and the press. The painted canvas banners and handprinted linocut borders are loosely based on the Tibetan tradition of prayer flags. The themes derive from the youth's artistic interpretation of waiting and sitting, and methods for passing time peacefully.