Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
The Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary education and social impact programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. Throughout the past eight years, WMI has demonstrated a sustained commitment to creating opportunities for youth who are court-involved to thrive, while promoting the integration of arts programming in juvenile justice, probation, and adult correctional facility settings. WMI’s social impact programs encompass artistic projects, partnerships with government agencies and other nonprofit organizations, and commissioned research to demonstrate the power of music and art in the lives of youth people and in justice reform. More than half a million people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/education.
Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network
Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) is an organization that provides structure and coordination for the collaborative work of community-based arts education organizations that serve youth in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system in order to provide alternatives to incarceration, build resilience and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system. AIYN is the only arts collaborative that works with incarcerated youth in California, serving as the coordinator for a grassroots variation on the collective impact model. Art disciplines include creative writing, spoken word, visual arts, theater, and music programming. AIYN believes the arts are a foundational strategy and tool for youth wellness, empowerment, and expression, and can change public perceptions around system-involved youth. AIYN member organizations include The Actors’ Gang, Armory Center for the Arts, artworxLA, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Jail Guitar Doors, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Street Poets Inc., The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, WriteGirl, and Bold Ink Writers. For more information, visit aiynetwork.org.
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