Art is a powerful force, motivating people to promote social change, raise consciousness, build community and create social transformation by recording history. The natural connection between art and justice often leads the Public Justice Center to partner with local artists to put into context the importance of our mission. Thank you to the artists who collaborated with us to make our 30th anniversary celebration spectacular!

Access Art is a youth-focused community arts organization that inspires personal success by providing a safe space for hands-on learning in a variety of artistic media combined with civic engagement and leadership development. It serves the Baltimore community by delivering comprehensive out-of-school arts programming to support the artistic, emotional, and cognitive development of youth ages 7-20. Access Art is also a Community Schools Lead Partner in Morrell Park and works closely with the local elementary/middle school to promote student achievement, connect parents to needed resources, and assist families to remove the barriers keeping youth from attending school regularly. accessartmd.org

Luminous Intervention is an artist collective that uses large-scale video projections in public spaces to highlight social and economic issues. The group formed in 2012 to creatively support local and national organizing, provoke critical dialogue, and interject powerful imagery onto familiar city edifices in Baltimore. Building facades, bridges, and other urban structures become backdrops for temporary video projections. Luminous Intervention is a 5 person collective based in Baltimore and is made up of artists, organizers, carpenters, and educators. You might have seen their most recent installation, the awesome “Pipelines” in McKeldin Fountain at Baltimore’s recent Light City festival. luminousintervention.org

Ryan Bair is a classical guitarist from Baltimore. Ryan is a composer, performer, and a proud student at Baltimore School for the Arts. He will release his Solo Guitar and Friends album in the fall. Luka Stefanovic, cello, is a sophomore at the Baltimore School for the Arts and studies at Peabody Preparatory with Dr. Daniel Levitov. He is Assistant Principal Cello in the Peabody Youth Orchestra and frequently plays in other orchestral ensembles, is a member of the Aire String Quartet and the Bovino piano trio, plays in a guitar/cello duo, and often gives solo recitals. Luka is a winner of the 2015/2016 Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program, and his string quartet will be participating in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in May.

Nether is a Baltimore born/based street artist driven by vacant beautification, civil disobedience and tactical activism aimed at sparking dialogue on disdained urban issues. Nether sees his work as a force that solidifies people’s connections to locations in the city that define Baltimore. The quest is merely an attempt to reclaim and recycle the tragic landscape, bring out our city’s pride, and capture the beautiful chaos that is Baltimore. Check out Nether410.com to view some of Nether’s powerful work and events coming up.

New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change. They work on a variety of social issues including employment, justice, health and education. They produce art and media on commission, teach youth in schools and communities and advocate for issues that impact young people's lives. They employ youth as leaders and through their efforts we impact over 200 youth throughout the year. Check out their new film series Blackonomics.  newlens.info

Von Vargas is a music artist, producer, songwriter, visual artist and an advocate for justice from Baltimore. His music speaks to and for those who’ve been overlooked, cast out, and impoverished. He’s passionate about creating music that highlights solutions to social ills that plague society. Von is a member of The Recording Academy (Grammy Washington DC Chapter) and Alumni Member of Raw Artist (Baltimore). He is responsible for Music Marketing Ads, Hip-Hop Ads and Campaigns for: United Healthcare, American Cancer Society, Changes Enterprises/ Dickies Workwear and more. Von is currently the co-owner of Creative Development Studios, which allows him to maximize his talents while serving corporate, community clients and students of the BCPS.  vonvargas.com

Wide Angle Youth Media is a non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Through quality after-school programming, in-school opportunities, summer workshops, community events, and their Traveling Photography Exhibit, Wide Angle supports young people making a difference through media. Their recently released photography book "This Is Baltimore" celebrates the voices and images of our city’s youth to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising. Learn more at wideanglemedia.org.

901 Arts is a community arts center providing free arts and music programs after school and in the summer to children and teens of the Better Waverly neighborhood. Founded by community members, 901 Arts is a grassroots project of the neighborhood association and is a critical component of the community-led work to improve the quality of life for all residents. 901 Arts promotes community strengthening and advancement of critical life skills in youth through the visual and performing arts. 901arts.org

A very special thanks to the anonymous donors who underwrote the #JustIsArt partnerships and who encourage our passion for exploring the intersection between arts + justice. You make us smile.