IMAGINATION CREATES TRANSFORMATION | Arts for teens in the juvenile justice system

Sandra Legler

Sandra Legler

Sandra Legler joined The Imagine Bus Project in 2010, as a Teaching Artist. In 2014, Ms. Legler began overseeing our Youth Studio program for youth in custody. She co-authored a new Youth Studio curriculum, “Teaching Life Skills Through the Visual Arts,” that was launched in 2016. In 2017, she moved into a new role at the Bus, driving the development and launch of our Arts on the Outs re-entry program for formerly incarcerated youth.

Ms. Legler has previously worked as the Bay Area Regional Coordinator for the Center for Restorative Justice Works, Get On The Bus—a statewide nonprofit that unites children with their mothers and fathers in prisons, throughout the state of California. In addition, she developed and taught a creative communications curriculum for incarcerated fathers and their children, for her Master’s thesis, working in partnership with the Marin Literacy Program, Inmate Literacy Services and San Quentin State Prison.

She completed her graduate studies in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University, and holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Art from the University of New Mexico. She continues to work as a freelance graphic designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her special interests and expertise include: arts in corrections, arts education, youth and adult literacy, and environmental advocacy. She is an avid photographer, naturalist, animal lover, swimmer, reader, and long-time student of Vipassana meditation.