Creative Justice

Creative Justice is an arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people in King County.

Shontina Vernon - Creative Justice Session 1, 2015. Photo: Tim Aguero.


Creative Justice builds community with youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. Participants and mentor artists work together to examine the root causes of incarceration—like systemic racism and other forms of oppression—creating art that articulates the power and potential of our communities.


Since launching in 2015, Creative Justice participants have made real, lasting impact on their communities and the juvenile justice system. They’ve participated in thousands of hours arts programming and activism, formed a Youth Leadership Board, and exhibited their work in numerous public settings.

Moving Forward

Piloted and incubated by 4Culture, Creative Justice is now an independent community organization. Get the latest updates and learn how you can support their work at