Justice Studio is the in-house art studio program at the Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center, and at the Tampa Residential Facility for juvenile detention.
Three days a week the NOMAD team—art therapist, teaching artists, visiting artists—joins a facility staff member to work in small group settings with youth currently detained and/or committed by the State of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice.
This is the only arts enrichment currently offered at these facilities, and we build a safe, creative space for youth there, encouraging empathy and compassion.
Making monthly visits to local group homes for children is NOMAD’s longest-running outreach initiative.
These facilities offer safe haven for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Some are on track to be reunited with their families or adopted, while others will be in group care until they age out of the system.
Children report looking forward to our visits, when we work together on art projects or paint the Art Bus as a group.
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.