Paint Not Prison is a community organizing and beautification project which engages local youth, mentors and artists including some youth on probation for graffiti offenses.

Participants are trained in

  • art history and theory emphasizing community involved mural creation,
  • popular education on consequences of graffiti offenses
  • and decision making.

The culmination of the project is a mural production or public art piece, in which community community input drives the imagery and message of the mural.

Join us for Paint not Prison as a mentor or youth particpant.


Tomas Hernandez


Youth Participants are

  • between the ages of 13 and 18.
  • Youth participants may qualify of graduation payment for participating in the entire program.
  • Youth meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Youth are trained in muralism, arts skills, art and graffiti history, making intelligent life decisions, and public outreach.
  • Youth receive community service hours, strong accomplishments to put on a resume, new friends, and a greater part in the larger community.

Mentors are

  • over the age of 18 and are adults who can show youth how to make good decisions in their lives, teach about art/ muralsim/ graffiti, and community/ family involvement.  One doesn’t need any particular degree, but an open heart and dedication to making the murals, community voice, and empowerment the youth possible.

Please e-mail us to be part of the next program