The Incarcerated YouthARTS Project: Forming a University and Community Collaborative

Dr. Mitzi Lowe,
Anne Petrovich
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The Youth Advocates Foundation, in collaboration with university and community partners sponsored the first annual Incarcerated YouthARTS exhibit. An array of dramatic and powerful art pieces and poetry were created by current and former incarcerated youth. The artwork was produced by youth in custody under the supervision and direction of local artists.

The display was exhibited to raise funds for the establishment of a permanent youthARTS program in the juvenile facility. Funds raised will be used for art workshops provided by university students and local artists, art supplies, art therapy, and arts education.

This session will describe an arts event that put into practice relevent research in the area of arts education for at-risk youth.

Keywords: Incarcerated Youth, University and Community Collaboration
Stream: Art in Communities
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Incarcerated YouthARTS Project, The

Dr. Mitzi Lowe

AssocIate Professor and Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work Education, California State University, Fresno

Dr. Mitzi Lowe received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky and her M.S.W. from California State University, Fresno. Dr. Lowe’s social work and university experience includes:
over 10 years experience working with delinquent youth; academic advising at the community college and university level; thirteen years teaching experience in social work and education; program/curriculum development and training in the area of juvenile justice, adult corrections, foster youth issues and field education curriculum development within health education, educational policy studies, cultural competence, and interprofessional collaboration; admissions, recruitment, and outreach; building community partnerships; and administrative experience in student affairs.

In her current position as Associate Professor of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno Dr. Lowe serves as the Director of Field Education. Dr. Lowe is also the chair of graduate admissions and is actively involved in many community service activities. She is currently the board president of the Youth Advocates Foundation which works to improve programs and services for incarcerated youth.

Prior to coming to California State University, Fresno Dr. Lowe was an educational advisor at Fresno City College in the Department of School Relations, and the Assistant Director of Residence Life at the University of Kentucky Office of Student Affairs.

Anne Petrovich

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work Education, California State University, Fresno

Dr. Petrovich is Associate Professor of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno. She has many years of clinical practice experience and teaches in the area of advanced clinical practice, trauman and abuse, and sex therapy. Her research interests are in music therapy and gerontology.

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