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Fort Bend Juvenile Detention Center

ARTreach connected six visual art programs this summer for youth at Fort Bend Juvenile Detention Center. Artist Melba Lee brought her Vision Boards, Silk Painting and The Doll Project Programs. Artist Mark Deleon delivered his Collaborative Mural and One Meaningful Word Painting Workshops as well. Artist Danny Russo rounded out the programming with his Screen Printing Workshop.

“Excellent way to work on a project where everyone contributes to the end result,” exalted one Staff member of FBJDC. “The completed work was a 3-piece mural which depicted women/girls in a beautiful and empowering light, through words and images.” Other Staff members noted that some youth participants have low self-esteem, and this project helped them to express themselves and foster new relationships.

“I had the word ‘peace’ and I decided to create a canvas that expresses life and peace,” explained one of the youth participants. “It was a different activity than I’ve experienced before. It was very well-planned out for JDC. It gives the juveniles a different perspective to express themselves and how they define a word.”

Another youth participant was impressed with The Doll Project. “My doll was very different and had a certain color way (blue). It helped me take everything off of my mind and take my time to create something with meaning, as if the doll could speak for itself. The activity was very creative.”

ARTreach has been contracted this fall to continue connecting programs. 

ARTreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides mentoring and art-related programs to a growing population of children at risk, children and adults with special needs, the elderly and others in need.