Arts Connect for Court-involved Girls

Founder, Former Director and Lead Teacher
2004 - 2011

Arts Connect is a program of Hilltop Artists and continues to develop as it supports young women involved with the court.

From 2004 - 2011, I was fortunate to partner with Pierce County Juvenile Court to develop and run the Arts Connect program for girls on probation and diversion in Pierce County, WA. I named the program Arts Connect to describe the connection to community that learning through the arts - as individuals and as teams - invariably leads to. In 2009, I had the opportunity to transfer the program from its original home at Museum of Glass to Tacoma's Hilltop Artists, an organization centered on advocacy and support for youth at-risk that operates nine arts-based youth development programs serving over 500 youth in and out of school. From 2003 - 2010, I also taught weekly creative writing and visual arts classes in the girls detention unit at Pierce County Juvenile Court, as part of Arts Connect and the Remann Hall Women's Project.