JUST Arts Lab Launching this Summer

The Just Arts Lab is Launching this summer and we are currently looking for participants and peer mentors.

Systems of policing, mass incarceration of youth, and the school to prison pipeline are social justice issues that directly affect young people of New York City.  Amidst public agreement that the criminal justice system is broken and political cacophony about the path to reform, the young people  who are most at risk of falling through the cracks and possess the most insight into them are often not heard nor acknowledged.

In the Justice Storytelling + Arts Lab we will explore:
1. Self-representation through visual arts and written narratives.
2. Embodied narratives and shared spaces: dance and theatre
3. Digital media/videography
4. Systems and stories of local communities: radio

The project will culminate in a final performance and showcase in early September where students can communicate to an audience of friends, family, and members from the Columbia and West Harlem community the stories that they have spent a month developing. Students will receive a certificate of completion from Columbia University.

Applications for Participants are Being Accepted Now 
The JUST Arts Lab is looking for 16­-21 year olds in or around the Harlem area who are
passionate about exploring justice issues through writing, performing arts and digital media. Prior experience is not necessary, just a commitment to social change. The Lab will take place June 29­ – August 28, modest stipends will be provided.Please submit your application by May 21st.
Participants can apply by clicking HERE.
Applications for Peer Mentors  are Being Accepted Now 
The JUST Arts Lab is looking for 21­-24 year old peer mentors in or around the Harlem area who are passionate about exploring justice issues through writing, performing arts and digital media. Prior experience is not necessary, just a commitment to social change.

Mentors should expect:
  • To be a source of support for other participants
  • Feel comfortable communicating with both participants and organizers
  • Serve as group leaders/faciliators

The Lab will take place June 29­- August 28, modest stipends will be provided. Please submit your application by May 21st.

Peer Mentors can apply by clicking HERE.

Apply by: May 21st