Founded in 2021, Jail Guitar Doors’ C.A.P.O. (Community Arts Programming & Outreach) Center exists to offer creative alternatives to vulnerable, under-resourced populations through music and arts education and activities. Our programs empower system-impacted and justice involved youth to develop their talents and capacities; disrupt systemic root causes of inequality, poverty, and racism; and advocate for families and communities impacted by the carceral system. We provide a supportive, creative community and work toward pathways to meaningful employment for these young people and recently returned residents.
"We have crafted a facility where young people will, with training and guidance, find alternatives to negative life decisions"
Wayne Kramer - JGD USA Executive Director
C.A.P.O. Center Los Angeles was predominantly built by (from left to right) Luke Reynolds, Wayne Kramer, and Jason Heath from March 2021 - January 2022
Fresh Tracks is a 12-week music and film production workshop held at our C.A.P.O. (Community Arts Programming & Outreach) Center in Hollywood, CA that assists student artists in creating songs from inception to professional release via digital platforms. Artists work with AHJNetwork instructors from JGD-USA, Street Poets, Inc. and Give A Beat to individually create and record songs from their personal experiences as well as work collaboratively on one group track. Participants also received instruction in preparing the non-musical prerequisites of any professional release, including hands-on experience in creating video, photo, bio and digital art assets. We bring innovative strategies to arts education classes that lead to positive outcomes for the system-impacted and under-resourced youth we collectively serve. Several youths from our pilot program have graduated and are now transitioning into teaching roles for the next phase of FRESH TRACKS!
AHJN/OTC/CAPO Fellowship Interns
California Lawyers for the Arts- Creative Futures Internships