ART for Life Summer Program to Unveil New Mural at College Station Town Hall

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) — Art is a special form of therapy, and for at-risk youth in the juvenile system, it can also be a saving grace.

Art for Reaching Teens, or ART for Life, is a hands-on, artist-led youth program that provides these children with a foundation to make better life choices.

Youth Services Volunteer and Mentor Coordinator Cornelius Gray has seen the impact of the program firsthand. “You see it mostly in their confidence. At first, they are unsure of the choices they make with their art. When they make a mistake, we tell them to repaint and try again. With these corrections and new techniques given to them, it produces confidence and a better understanding of the process.

The Brazos County Department of Juvenile Services is hosting a Mic-Check poetry performance at the Juvenile Services Academy JJAEP on Friday, August 5 at 6 p.m. At this event, young people from Juvenile Services will present some of the poetry they composed during the ART for Life Summer Program.

This event is followed by the unveiling of a new mural painted by Youth Services youth at College Station City Hall on Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m.

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Ryan H. Bowman