A national initiative founded by Carnegie Hall and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN) in Los Angeles, Create Justice brings together a diverse group of artists, young people, policymakers, funders, nonprofits, and researchers from across the country each year to share ideas and work side by side to leverage the power of the arts for youth justice and reform. As part of its mission, Create Justice is committed to commissioning new works that illuminate ongoing conversations about youth justice reform, arts engagement, and cultural equity.
The 2019 Create Justice forum takes place at Carnegie Hall from March 5–6, and kicks off with the world premiere performance of The Just and the Blind in Zankel Hall. A pressing and poignant new work by longtime collaborators—composer, violinist, and pianist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph—The Just and the Blind explores fatherhood, race, and the justice system through spoken word, movement, and music. The Just and the Blind was commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of the 125 Commissions Project.