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Metro Arts Selects Nine Programs for Restorative Justice Partnerships

Emily Waltenbaugh

Artists and Organizations To Bring Arts-Integrated Interventions to Incarcerated and Court-Involved Youth, Families

Nashville, Tenn.-- Nine Nashville artists and nonprofits will receive funding and training to provide arts education within the Davidson County Juvenile Court and Detention Center and with court-involved youth and families this fiscal year as part of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s (Metro Arts) groundbreaking Restorative Justice + the Arts program.

Metro Arts selected the following for FY19 Restorative Justice projects: From the Heart International Foundation, Gideon’s Army, Global Education Center, Joseph Love, One Voice Nashville, Jon Royal, Southern Word, Thandiwe Shiphrah and Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). The chosen projects include music production, storytelling, spoken word poetry and visual art-making, and all are designed with the goal of helping youth develop resiliency, empathy, and positive decision-making skills.

“Through quality programming that is trauma-informed and anchored in positive youth development practices, the Restorative Justice & the Arts program positions the arts as a resiliency tool and creates a protective environment for court-involved youth to heal, grow and thrive,” said Metro Arts Executive Director Caroline Vincent. “We couldn’t be more honored to work with Judge Sheila Calloway, many of the dynamic teams within Juvenile Court, and such a talented group of artists to expand this initiative in the coming year.”

About Restorative Justice + the Arts

A partnership of Metro Arts and the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) to create an arts-integrated intervention system for court-involved youth, Restorative + the Arts focuses on resiliency, positive youth development and restoring empowered youth and families. Founded in 2016 as a Public Investment Plan (PIP) pilot, Restorative Justice + the Arts is now part of Metro Arts’ operating budget. For approximately $88,000--the cost of prosecuting and incarcerating one child--Metro Arts pays trained artists to deliver trauma-informed arts programming to more than 400 youth, helping them to heal, grow and thrive.

To view the complete list of artists, partner organizations and detailed project descriptions, visit the Restorative Justice + the Arts page of

About Metro Arts

Metro Arts is the Nashville Office of Arts + Culture. Our mission is to drive a vibrant and equitable community through the arts. Metro Arts receives operational support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and additional information is available online at