According to the Indianapolis Art Center, teens in the jail were repeatedly being caught with—canvases made of pillowcases, paints made of candies, and a host of other DIY art supplies. All these were technically contraband. But they were also a glaring pointer to the fact that young minds want to remain engaged and creative.
“These juveniles were trying to find a positive outlet in a very hard situation,” says IAC.
Making a bad situation less bad, IAC and the Sheriff’s Office created the Insider Art program.
“We know that art can be a peaceful outlet for self-expression, a tool to channel frustrations, and an opportunity to reflect on new pathways.”
In weekly studio art classes, children considered themselves within the three concepts: I Am, I Create, and We Connect.
Insider Art has just completed its first summer of instruction within the jail. There’s a show of the children’s work opening at the Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E 67th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. Friday 23rd, from 6pm-8pm.
Support Insider Art with a donation HERE.