Juvenile art program unveils their newest piece of art

Published: Sep. 29, 2017 at 5:06 PM CDT
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A program called A.R.T for Life hung up another mural painted by individuals in juvenile detention and on probation.

Art Reaching Teens or A.R.T. for Life is a hands-on, artist-mentored program that provides youth ages 10 to 16 a creative outlet.

"This has a great impact, in that the kids really creative an ownership in their community, and that's what it's all about," said Chris Dyer, the CEO of the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

The mural which was painted with more than 10 thousand fingerprints and is currently on display at the Brazos Valley Expo.

"What's really cool about these murals is that they are easy to move," said Dyer. "So this will have a permanent spot here at the Expo."

This painting took more than 150 hours to paint and was done over the course of the summer and beginning of fall.

The main artist and mentor behind the mural, Mike Pinney, said the whole idea behind this work of art was to show the importance behind collaborating and working as a team.

"They have a chance to express themselves and they are in a program where they can ultimately succeed as team," said Pinney.

According to Dyer, they track the kids in the program for three years, and said it has had a positive impact.

"The recidivism rate for the state, which means if you get arrested once you are likely to go back to jail, there is a 60% chance, so our recidivism rate is about 15%, so it's significant. But it is not just us, it's the Brazos County Juvenile Services that help out too," said Dyer.

The mural is one of many that are currently on display around the Brazos Valley. Another painting by Pinney and students can be found at the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.

"It's great, I think that everybody is just really super excited about it."

Dyer said the public can expect more paintings in the future.