The Dreams Project seeks to increase arts accessibility and participation for at-risk youth at the San Benito County Juvenile Hall (JH), which services 10-20 students from 13-18 years old. Currently, incarcerated youth at JH receive day classes from 8 am-12 pm with no educational or enrichment programs in the afternoon. Superintendents from JH and the County Office of Education have identified this lack of programming as a lost opportunity and are looking to the arts to help rectify this shortfall.
The DREAMS series began in 2010 with a partnership between the Arts Council and Juvenile Hall to coordinate a year-long residency with California muralist, Arturo Rosette, who has over 20 years of experience working with disenfranchised communities, including youth in corrections. The project resulted in a collaborative, digital mural created by JH youth, which was exhibited at the JH facility.
Due to lack of funding, there have been no art programs at the county JH since 2011. However, in 2015, we received a grant from the City of Hollister to relaunch the Dreams Project as an 18 week pilot project in dance, poetry & collaborative muralism and are seeking funding to extend the project in 2016-17. Check our video The Dreams Project!