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Restorative Justice and the Arts

Call for Artists: Restorative Justice and the Arts

Metro Arts is seeking artists and cultural partners who are interested in working with clients of Nashville’s Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) to submit project ideas that incorporate the arts into youth restorative justice practices. Participants will go through a training series that supports them to be successful in this work, while formulating their project concept. Upon completing the training, participants may qualify for funding opportunities to bring their creative practice into JJC.

The Restorative Justice and the Arts program is a partnership with Metro Arts, JJC and the Oasis Center. Read more information about Restorative Justice and the Arts. Proposals are being accepted through December 28. Contact: Rebecca Berrios, Director of Community Engagement with any questions.

Program Overview

The Restorative Justice and the Arts program is a partnership with Metro Arts, the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) and the Oasis Center to create a framework for art interventions within the restorative justice system in Nashville.

JJC is committed to capturing the positive potential of its clients through assessing each individual’s talents, skills and needs. Court officials and families/guardians work to support young people to bolster resiliency and avert re-offending. JJC continues these alternatives to sentencing measures with an eye to building a stronger community and support network for youth.

The arts are a proven tool that supports youth development and community resiliency and we believe they should be part of JJC's healing framework. Many of the young people who interact with Juvenile Court or the Detention Center have not had full access to explore the arts as a healing, economic or community tool. They often grow up in neighborhoods where the barriers of poverty and lack of cultural resources combine to limit their time creating.

Metro Arts is seeking artists and cultural partners who are interested in working with JJC to submit project ideas that incorporate the arts into youth restorative justice practices. Participants will go through a training series that supports them to be successful in this work, while formulating their project concept. Upon completing the training, participants may qualify for funding opportunities to bring their creative practice into JJC.

Program Timeline

  • Proposals will be accepted through December 28, 2016
  • Notifications of acceptance will be made by January 5, 2017
  • Training Series: January 21, February 4, February 25, March 4, and March 18. Applicants will be required to attend all the training sessions to be accepted and qualify for funding.
  • Final Project Proposal Due March 10
  • If selected, projects may begin any time after March 20. (Invoice for up to 80% of funding amount may be submitted at this time)
  • All projects must be completed by June 29, 2017. Final reports and the remaining 20% invoice are required to be submitted no later than this date.

About the Training Series

The Restorative Justice and the Arts Training Series will provide peer learning experiences, a support system, knowledge exchange, skill building and resources through modules in:

  • Arts Programming Development
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Cultural Humility/Competency
  • Trauma-Informed Care/Active Listening
  • Storytelling & Data

About the Project Proposals

Successful proposals will offer a sustainable project for at-risk and incarcerated youth, while considering best practices for Positive Youth Development and Trauma-Informed Care.

Applicants may be eligible for up to $6,500 in funding to support their projects.

Approved projects may request up to 80% of the approved funding allocation up front via a signed invoice. The remaining 20% will be paid upon project completion.

Eligibility

Individual artists, businesses and organizations that reside or conduct programming in Davidson County are eligible to apply. Individuals requesting or receiving funds must be at least 18 years of age.

Applicants (and immediate family members) cannot serve as a member of the Metro Arts Board of Commissioners, nor can they be employed by the Metro Nashville Davidson County Government or Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Artist Qualifications

For the purposes of the Restorative Justice Arts Project, artists are defined as individuals or a group who practice in the unique creation and public display or performance of visual arts, craft, sound and performance art, film and television (including production), theatre, dance, music or literary arts and can demonstrate at least two years of exhibition, performance or professional history.

General Project Restrictions

Restorative Justice and the Arts funding will not support the following:

  • Murals or other permanent public artworks
  • Durable goods, including equipment or capital improvements. Other examples of durable goods 
include: appliances, furniture, musical instruments, consumer electronics and sporting goods.
  • Projects already completed, exhibited or performed.
  • Activities or programs with religious content, study, or practice. Metro Arts funds must be used for secular arts activities only.

Contact Rebecca Berrios at rebecca.berrios@nashville.gov or 615-862-6737 with questions.