and Partners

Artistic Noise


Artistic Noise is dedicated to improving the lives of youth impacted by the justice system through arts programming and arts therapy both in residential detention settings and in communities in Massachusetts and New York.


Purpose: To support the Arts, Curatorial and Entrepreneurial Program (A&E) in New York. 

Based out of their Harlem Studio, A&E participants are encouraged to develop their creative abilities and business skills through arts workshops, arts education, and an annual microgrant project. Youth are given a stipend and full access to the facilities, including opportunities with Artistic Noise’s partner institutions: School of Visual Arts, MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Columbia University.


In 2019, Artistic Noise conducted over 100 Arts & Entrepreneurship Workshops, over 50 Residential Art Workshops at Horizon Detention Center in the Bronx, and served more than 50 youth on probation across the five boroughs. Artistic Noise continued to build on its arts therapy and exhibition partnership with the Graduate Art Therapy Department at the School of Visual Arts and launched a new partnership with Columbia University’s Connecting Youth Initiative (CYI). The youth completed mural projects, exhibitions, and a Holiday Card Design Project, through which participants design holiday-themed greeting cards to sell at local flea markets and holiday bazaars and learn business practices for profitability, while gaining first-hand experience selling and promoting their own artwork.