Create Justice

Create Justice: A National Discussion on Arts and Justice

A national initiative founded by Carnegie Hall and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network in Los Angeles, Create Justice annually brings together a diverse group of artists, young people, policymakers, funders, nonprofits, and researchers from across the country to share ideas and work side-by-side to leverage the power of the arts for youth justice and reform. As part of its mission, Create Justice is committed to commissioning new work that illuminates the ongoing conversations around youth justice reform, arts engagement, and cultural equity.

The 2019 Create Justice forum takes place March 5-6, 2019 at Carnegie Hall, and kicks off with the world premiere performance of The Just and the Blind in Zankel Hall. A pressing and poignant new work by longtime collaborators—composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph—The Just and the Blind explores fatherhood, race, and the justice system through spoken word, movement, and music. The Just and the Blind is commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project. Learn More

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What’s at stake?



The goal of Create Justice is to foster a creative community of young people and adults that imagine, create, and come together to initiate change in our social contract. This is a community that utilizes and expands the power of the arts as a core method to understanding and changing inequity. Create Justice is a gathering and supportive space for collective action to emerge. As founding partners, Carnegie Hall and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) commit to hold the space, reflect back, and confirm group wisdom and priorities, while offering support to an expanded cohort of diverse voices, organizations, and leaders.

As we transition from exploration and planning, and into collective action, our hope is that Create Justice will become a platform that affirms creativity as the cornerstone of liberation and wellbeing for all young people. Throughout 2018-19 Create Justice continues to move into action in three ways:
1. A Gathering where inspiration and art meet collective action.
2. Dedicated Action Groups in peer learning, policy, and research.
3. A Leadership Cohort, comprised of a diverse body of members that bring specific field
expertise to peer learning, policy and research.

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2017-18 FORUMS

Act 1
March 23–24, 2017
Carnegie Hall, New York City

Act II
September 25–26, 2017
Day 1: Camp Kilpatrick, Malibu
Day 2: Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
Hosted by Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network

March 11–13, 2018
Carnegie Hall, New York City
Hosted by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

The final forum kicks off with a concert, A Time Like This: Music for Change, in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage that will feature young people from Weill Music Institute programs, performing music and art developed in justice settings as they share the stage with celebrated artists.


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

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

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