Juvenile Justice

Inspiring focus and direction with beauty.


Begun in 2010 in partnership with Austin Independent School District and Travis County, Austin Classical Guitar developed the only for-credit arts class offered to incarcerated youth at the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center. The impact of these classes has drawn national attention, including coverage on PBS NewsHour (video above). Beginning in summer 2017, ACG’s Juvenile Justice programs expanded to serve non-incarcerated, court-involved youth as part of their case plans.

If you are interested in joining us for a performance by the students at Gardner Betts, please email us and we’ll let you know about upcoming opportunities.


This program is supported in part by grants from