Justice Studio. Photo: Todd Bates

Justice Studio

Justice Studio is the in-house art studio program at two juvenile detention facilities:

  • Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

  • Tampa Residential Facility

Three days a week the NOMAD team—art therapist, teaching artists, visiting artists—along with a facility staff member, work in a small group setting with youth currently detained and/or committed by the State of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice.

Justice Studio is 100% funded by private donations, most of which come from individuals in the Tampa Bay Area. Average donation is $10/mo.

A $5/mo donation allows ONE detained boy or girl to participate in one session of Justice Studio. Will you become a patron?

Justice Studio at Tampa Residential Facility receives funding support from the Gobioff Foundation.

Children’s Homes

NOMAD’s longest running outreach initiatives are our monthly visits to local group homes for children. These facilities are a safe haven for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. The children in one of the group homes are on track to be reunited with their families or adopted, while children at the other two will be in group care until they age out of the system.

During our visits we do art projects and paint the Art Bus with the children to give the girls & boys some fun to look forward to every month.

Will you make a $3/mo commitment allowing ONE child to participate in art activities during our monthly visit to their group home?

Not ready to become a patron yet? You can make a one-time donation to this program HERE.

This initiative is supported by a grant from Pinellas Community Foundation

This initiative is supported by a grant from Pinellas Community Foundation


Neighborhood Outreach

NOMAD regularly visits parks, rec centers, and youth programs in areas of poverty throughout the Tampa Bay Area to provide a few hours of pop-up community Art Bus painting to families in the surrounding neighborhoods. We’ve known from the start that asking families to come to us—even if our programs were free—would present a very real barrier to participation for many due to limited access to transportation as well as household priorities around time and other essential resources.

We partner with municipalities like the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, as well as neighborhood associations, small businesses, Head Start centers, and youth programs to coordinate FREE pop-up bus painting out in the neighborhoods, giving families an opportunity to share memorable experiences with one another in a setting where all are welcome.

A $10/mo donation helps to keep our community engagement initiative with neighborhood youth going strong. This patron level also helps to fund the Justice Studio and Group Children’s Homes initiatives described above. We’d love to have you onboard at the Advocate level…will you become a patron?

If you believe in our work but can’t make a monthly commitment at this time please consider making a one-time donation HERE.