Recess partners with artists to build a more just and equitable creative community. By welcoming radical thinkers to imagine networks of community resilience and safety, Recess defines and advances the possibilities of contemporary art. The Assembly program offers those caught up in the justice system an inroad to art and connections to working artists and serves as an alternative to incarceration while empowering young people to take charge of their own life story and envision a career in the arts. Once participants complete the program prosecutors may close and seal their cases, allowing youth to avoid an adult record. Participants may stay involved at Recess through paid, long-term training and arts engagement.