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Fw: OJJDP and the NEA -- Using the Arts to Combat Youth Crime

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Fri, 27 Aug 1999 10:23:58 -0400


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From: Paul Kay <PAULK>
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Subject: OJJDP and the NEA -- Using the Arts to Combat Youth Crime

> New Justice Department and NEA Programs Use the Arts to
> Combat Youth Crime
>
> WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nine communities have received
> grants to prevent and combat juvenile crime through
> arts-based programming through two new joint initiatives of
> the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and
> Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the National
> Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Whittier, CA; West Palm
> Beach, FL; the Bronx, NY; Rochester, NY; Gainesville, TX;
> and Seattle, WA, are using arts training to reintegrate
> juvenile offenders into the community, while Chicago, IL;
> Tulsa, OK; and Philadelphia, PA, are using arts programs to
> steer at-risk youth away from crime and delinquency.
>
> "Through the arts we give youth a positive outlet for their
> ideas and talents, so they can create and not destroy," said
> OJJDP Administrator Shay Bilchik. "Arts-based programs
> also give youth an opportunity to learn how to work as a
> team and resolve conflicts peacefully."
>
> The participating youth receive direct instruction from
> professional artists in their community. The programs offer
> academic and vocational arts training and provide direction
> to youth who want to explore artistic careers.
>
> "The Arts Endowment is proud to support these exemplary
> projects," said NEA Chairman Bill Ivey. "With the pervasive
> nature of violence, crime and drugs in society today, these
> programs together can provide a positive vehicle to spark the
> imagination of our young people, transforming their lives and
> enriching our communities."
>
> The NEA is providing financial and technical support for both
> the Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections
> and the Arts for At-Risk Youth programs' through an
> interagency agreement with OJJDP.
>
> Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections
>
> The six Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and
> Corrections sites' efforts involve coordinated services
> between arts professionals and juvenile detention or
> corrections staff. The programs will help young people
> develop arts skills and show them how they can use these
> skills when released back into the community. Three sites
> received approximately $100,000 each to create new
> programs, while the other three received approximately
> $25,000 each to improve existing programs. OJJDP and
> NEA have formed a partnership with the Tremaine
> Foundation to evaluate the Arts for Juvenile Offenders in
> Detention and Corrections sites.
>
> Arts for At-Risk Youth
>
> The three Arts for At-Risk Youth sites' efforts involve
> afterschool and summer school programming that includes
> mentoring, conflict resolution and training in
> communications skills. Many participating young people will
> get hands-on experience in arts professions through
> internships. Each site received $70,000. In addition to the
> NEA, the Departments of Labor and Health and Human
> Services are also providing support for the Arts for At-Risk
> Youth program. OJJDP and NEA have formed a partnership
> with the Institute for Civil Society to provide training and
> technical assistance for the Arts for At-Risk Youth sites.
>
> The Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections
> and Arts for At-Risk Youth sites were competitively
> selected. The awards are for use over the next year, with
> the programs scheduled to be funded over two years.
>
> Attached is a list of Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention
> and Corrections and Arts for At-Risk Youth grants.
> Information about this and other OJJDP programs,
> publications and conferences is available from OJJDP's Web
> site at ojjdp.ncjrs.org and from OJJDP's Juvenile Justice
> Clearinghouse, Box 6000, Rockville, Maryland 20857. The
> toll-free number is 1-800-638-8736.
>
> Information about other Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
> bureaus and program offices is available at
> www.ojp.usdoj.gov. Media should contact OJP's Office of
> Congressional and Public Affairs at 202-307-0703.
>
> Information about the National Endowment for the Arts is
> available at arts.endow.gov or by calling 202-682-5570.
>
> # # #
>
> Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections
> Demonstration Sites
>
> Grantee
> Palm Beach County School Board, Florida - $100,000
> Monroe County, New York - $98,117
> Gainesville State School, Texas - $99,991
>
> Arts for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections
> Enhancement Sites
>
> Grantee
> Fred C. Nelles Youth Corr. Facility--Whittier, CA - $24,800
> Bronx Council on the Arts, NY - $24,980
> The Children's Museum--Seattle, WA - $25,000
>
> Arts for At-Risk Youth
>
> Grantee
> Community Film Workshop of Chicago, IL - $70,000
> Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, OK - $70,000
> Village of Arts & Humanities--Philadelphia, PA - $70,000
>