The “Transformation” panel series creates a powerful visual identity for the innovative restorative services provided by the Midtown Community Court. The panels were created by court-involved youth artists and Groundswell peer leaders and will be installed for public display at the Midtown Community Court. Through this project, seven teen artists, working under the guidance of Lead Artist Gina Goico, created the panel series as part of Groundswell’s Segue opportunity, an afterschool program during which court-involved youth create public art projects for community-based partner organizations and learn the art and leadership skills necessary to transition Groundswell’s youth employment programs.
The panel series consists of four panels. These panels are grouped around four main themes the youth artists felt are encompassed within Midtown Community Court’s approach. These include self-knowledge, safe space, personal transformation, and community transformation. The panels are rendered with a vibrant color palette to visually engage viewers in their positive message. Text emphasizes the transformative potential of innovative models like Midtown’s: “Today is tomorrow’s yesterday. Today is the day where I transform.”