at the intersection of arts and juvenile justice



The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) provides structure and coordination for the collaborative work of community-based arts education organizations serving youth in the Los Angeles County juvenile justice system. AIYN envisions a future where youth are empowered and the systems that serve them are transformed by centering arts as a healing strategy, and as a way to build the wellbeing of young people and their communities. AIYN serves justice-impacted youth in the Los Angeles County, leveraging the reach and expertise of its members to amplify impact, provide thought leadership for the field, and serve as a model for effective collaboration.

AIYN member organizations include The Actors’ Gang, Armory Center for the Arts, artworxLA, Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, Dance for Healing, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, InsideOut Writers, Jail Guitar Doors, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Street Poets Inc., Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, Versa-Style Dance, and WriteGirl/Bold Ink Writers.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) produces an extraordinary range of music education and social impact programs each season that extend far outside the physical walls of our concert halls. These programs reach over half a million people in New York City, across the US, and around the globe each year. WMI is driven by a belief in the power of every individual’s creative capacity and aims to inspire discovery and encourage personal growth in all its programs.

Carnegie Hall is committed to fostering the future of music and the leaders of tomorrow, and to making these opportunities available to all young people across New York City. In particular, WMI has demonstrated a sustained commitment to creating opportunities for young people in the justice system to thrive while promoting the integration of arts programming in justice settings for youth and adults. These 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 young people and in justice reform.