An Arts as Healing in Juvenile Justice Exhibition
in the Youth Gallery at the Airport
This transformational program is the recipient of the National Association of Counties’ 2015 National Arts & Culture Award for Solutions and Innovation. In daily consultation with Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center staff, Program Director Linda Pedrazzini Hevern and her team of Arts Council teaching artists provide specialized classes that help incarcerated juveniles find new direction and develop their great potential. Students gain skills in drawing, painting and design while learning to reduce anxiety, communicate feelings, and collaborate. As they create paintings and murals, they also develop their capacity to plan, solve problems and persist, reducing likelihood of reoffending.