In response to COVID-19, AEP is actively working with organizations involved in the arts and juvenile justice to share resources and insights on best supporting youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system, including youth in detention centers, during these difficult and unknown times.




Expanding the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System
This Policy Brief captures the discussion, insights and policy considerations that came out of a Thinkers Meeting with 11 experts in the arts education and juvenile justice fields. It builds on the report, “Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System,” by providing examples for building sustainable, arts-based programming.


Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System
This Special Report explores research and programs that employ the arts along the juvenile justice continuum: in prevention, intervention, transition and healing.



Virtually Free: Arts Education and Juvenile Justice (AEP 2020 Virtual Gathering Plenary Session Recording)
This plenary session shares conversation with the “Virtually Free” film’s producer, director and teaching artists to learn more about how this film can be used to inspire juvenile justice reform.

Engaging the Arts for Positive Youth Outcomes (Webinar)
AEP Project Manager Krystal Johnson joins the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators to discuss positive youth outcomes by engaging the arts across the juvenile justice system.

Conversation With AEP and Performing Statistics (Facebook Live Event)
AEP Project Manager Krystal Johnson joins Mark Strandquist and Gina Lyles from Performing Statistics in a conversation on the intersection of arts education and juvenile justice, moderated by AEP Project Manager Cassandra Quillen.



    • Wisconsin
      Express Yourself Milwaukee Inc (EXYOMKE)*
    • (Multi-State) California, Indiana, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia
      Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program (Annie E. Casey Foundation, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Council of State Governments Justice Center)

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits