Diversity and Inclusion




helping youth unlock their potential

The JUST US Arts Project combines art with personal development skills to equip youth with tools for success.  Youth art activities advance social and emotional learning and guide the process of communicating their voice.  Youth work with artists from various disciplines, to create art in a noncompetitive/judgment-free environment. The mission is to empower youth with tools that aid personal growth and constructive civic engagement.  Emphasis is placed on awareness (of self and others), self-management, self-expression, self-reflection and interpersonal skills. 


JUST US: Community Tissue Paper Quilts with award winning artist Maya Freelon

JUST US: Community Tissue Paper Quilts connected youth from seven area elementary and middle schools and 10 out of school programs. Youth were taught the skill of empathy, using the AIDS Memorial Quilt as a focal point.  View the curriculum here.

Artist Maya Freelon worked with youth and community members to join the individual quilt sections and later created a visual display in the Watson College of Education Building.  Ms. Freelon gave an art talk and also showed some images of her other creations.  

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JUST US: Because It's Time (2020-2021)

Information about the inaugural JUST US project can be viewed here.