Student Organization Engages Youth at Juvenile Detention Center through Art

Art Forward was founded by Case Western Reserve University students Jasmine Lee ’19 and Maya Nayak ’19 in the Fall of 2017 to connect college students with residents at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) over monthly art projects. The group’s purpose is to promote empathy, creativity, and self-reflection through meaningful engagement and art. Their efforts, including membership and sessions per semester, have more than doubled in the past year to 30 students and eight sessions respectively, much thanks to the continued support of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, its Volunteer Coordinator, Jaqueline Brackett, and the club’s faculty advisor, Gabriella Celeste, JD.