• The youth has found a safe space to relax and consider their life.
  • The panels are set up on a wall to dry.
  • At the dedication, Lead Artist Gina Goico addresses an audience of parents, friends, siblings, and children.
  • As New York City Struggles to transform its juvenile justice system, court-involved youth use art as a tool for personal transformation.

Project Description

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.”

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“Our phenomenal relationship with Groundswell provides us innovative opportunities to engage young people in an effort to reduce recidivism and change lives.” - Dipal Shah, Director of the Midtown Community Court
Midtown Community Court hears over 30,000 cases involving thousands of New Yorkers each year.