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Friday, April 1, 2011

Incarcerated Youth Share Their Stories in New Haven Event

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven will open "See Inside," a "highly collaborative art exhibit that gives incarcerated youth a chance to share their stories," with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 5 at The Parachute Factory, Erector Square, 319 Peck St., Bldg. 1.
The public is invited to attend. The exhibit runs through June 30.
The project is presented by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation in collaboration with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance and the Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program, according to the council's website.

"CJJA advocates for community programs that prevent delinquency and for fair, effective treatment to help children who do enter the system. The CPA’s Prison Arts Program promotes self-examination and self-esteem in Connecticut inmates through participation in visual arts classes, exhibitions and publications while sharing their contributions with the community at large," the website says.

"See Inside features visual works, musical pieces and poetry gathered from teens in juvenile justice programs from around the state."
“Tell Me What You See,” a (35-part) work made up of a grid of 18” by 24” paintings, is the centerpiece of the CPA’s STD health education program, used in Connecticut’s high schools since 2009. The program relates the experiences of incarcerated youth to high school students through the medium of art. Students are given the opportunity to see how their own choices lead directly to consequences – for better or worse – while the artists are able to consider their own choices and the direction of their lives in the process," the website says.
See Inside also features works from teens through The Connecticut Juvenile Training School, Our Piece of the Pie, FSW, North American Family Institute, Innovation in Education and Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut, the website says.

For more information about See Inside, please call the Arts Council at (203) 772-2788.

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