Warden Robert Green of Montgomery County Correctional Facility has said: “Some 75-90% of our inmates will return to our streets, our communities; how do we want them to return? Withdrawn and angry? Or with some of their humanity intact? (Project Youth ArtReach) programs offer them positive interactions and connections.”

Project Youth ArtReach (PYA) promotes positive youth development by providing juvenile offenders in detention, corrections, and probation settings with arts programs taught by master artists to enhance youth’s cognitive, linguistic, social, and civic development…

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PYA workshops and residencies consist of weekly 1-2 hour long workshops held in correctional facilities and in the community. These workshops are taught by professional artists specializing in a wide range of artistic disciplines. Many of our artists practice art forms that are an extension of their cultural heritage, thus introducing participants to a diverse pool of artists and traditions…

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