Selected poems from PYA’s self published book of poetry. Poems were written by youth at 5 different sites over the course of 6 years
This piece was created during a residency in the Women’s MRT unit at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. This project used clothing as a vehicle for self reflection and expression. In this piece there are alternating rows of roses and thorns, representing the good years and the bad years in the artist’s life.
This piece was made during a PYA workshop with youth from the Choice Program of the Shriver Center (Baltimore, MD).
This piece was made during a PYA workshop in the Women’s MRT unit at MCCF (Clarksburg, MD).
This mural was painted by boys at the Cheltenham Youth Facility in Cheltenham, MD during a PYA residency. It was later installed in the entrance to the school at the facility.
This mural was painted by young men in the Youthful Offenders MRT unit at MCCF during a PYA residency. Each participant was asked to think about their personal heroes and then draw a portrait of them. They then worked to create a composition that included their drawings as well as some of the qualities (written in the border) that they are inspired by.
“Panels of Hope” mural painted by Youthful Offenders at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (Clarksburg, MD). This mural is installed at Northwood Highschool in Silver Spring, MD.
This sculpture was made during a residency at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility (Clarksburg, MD) with women from the MRT unit (an all ages behavior modification program). They used shoes as a starting off point to create plaster sculptures that reflected important qualities about them.