Messias, D. K. H., Weber, L., Ivashkevich, O., Wolfgang, C., Smith, A., Cayir, E., Henson, V., & Barton, K.
University of South Carolina Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, Columbia, S.C.
Publication year: 2014

This panel includes comprehensive analyses of the artwork produced in University of South Carolina Women’s Well-Being Initiative’s (WWBI) issues-based arts initiative for female juvenile offenders. A gender-specific program for female juvenile offenders, the arts initiative is “issues-based” – through interactive discussions and artwork, girls critically engage with issues and dominant ideologies that affect them on a daily basis, such as media stereotypes, body image issues, and health. The program is intersectional in design; its curricula take into account race, class, and gender, and are tailored to each group of women and their particular interests and struggles. The arts class gives these girls “in trouble” a space where they can renegotiate their identities through engagement with art and each other. The class is offered as a sanction for the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration program.