Riverside Art Museum’s (RAM's) CREATIVE HORIZONS program harnesses the power of art as a catalyst for behavioral change in its work with justice-involved youth. Art programming for at-risk and probationary youth fosters self-exploration, encourages community engagement, develops mentor relationships, and creates awareness of creative-industry vocational opportunities.
While funding from Riverside County will help us engage approximately 40 justice-involved youth in collaborative mural projects in 2016, the need is great and with your support our outreach and impact can be expanded.
Americans for the Arts reports that, "Art programs designed for under-served youth have proven to be powerful and effective crime prevention tools. An increasing number of community-based organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, youth museums, libraries, and parks and recreation departments are using arts programs to reduce risky behaviors and build critical self-discipline, communication, and job skills."
Hunter Taylor, a deputy district attorney who works for the Youth Accountability Team for Riverside County and works with Probation and the participants in the program said, “I think this is a wonderful experience for the kids. It is nice to see them be so interested in actually participating together and showing teamwork and cooperation. It has really created a good dialogue between them and with us [the Youth Accountability Team] so we can facilitate their interests in the arts.”
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In early 2014, RAM was one of only seven organizations to receive funds from the California Arts Council to provide art education programming benefitting at-risk youth through the Arts Council’s pilot competitive grant program, Juveniles Utilizing Massive Potential Starting with Arts (JUMP StArts).
RAM was awarded $38,124 to further the impact of our Creative Horizons arts education program to benefit Riverside County juvenile hall residents and provide creative community activities to first-time and probationary youth offenders.
“The Arts Council believes investment in California’s at-risk youth will greatly benefit our state’s most vulnerable young people and our communities,” states Wylie Aitken, Chair of the California Arts Council. “The Riverside Art Museum’s Creative Horizons project, supported by our new JUMP StArts program, is an exemplary model initiative. Their work demonstrates proven methods for beneficial arts engagement with local at-risk youth. We are pleased to support the Creative Horizons program, allowing the art museum to further expand their impact and demonstrate the need for greater future investment in programs for at-risk youth.”
“We fully expect that the future success of programs like Creative Horizons will provide concrete evidence that this is a powerful investment for California as a whole,” Aitken concluded.
This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, with special one-time funds from the California State Assembly. Visit www.arts.ca.gov to learn more.