The Core Arts Initiative supports programs that are developed with and within the juvenile justice system. Detention centers, adolescent offender programs, alternative schools, holding facilities, and community-based after-school and summer programs are all settings for Core Arts programs. Each program uses the arts as a tool to decrease incidences of violence; decrease recidivism; increase school attendance; and provide positive experiences with adult mentors.
There are currently no new Core Arts programs being implemented by the Mississippi Arts Commission, however Arts-based Community Development project grants can be used to fund at-risk youth programs in communities across Mississippi.
Contact Mississippi Arts Commission's Community and Economic Development Director, Allison Winstead, for more information (601-359-6546, or firstname.lastname@example.org).