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Cathedral Arts Project Exhibits Works by Incarcerated Youth

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Mar 22, 2017

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) will open its exhibition County Missives—Expressive Works by Incarcerated Juveniles Adjudicated as Adults at the University of North Florida Lufrano Intercultural Gallery.

County Missives is an exhibition of work by incarcerated juveniles in CAP’s visual arts program at the John E. Goode Pre-Trial Detention Facility, taught by local artist Tony Rodrigues. The student artists are 12- to 17-year-old boys who are jailed while awaiting trial and, due to the severity of their charges, are being prosecuted as adults. The exhibition will also feature a short documentary about the program and its impact on the students involved.

The CAP visual arts class focuses on Abstract Expressionism – a free-form style that encourages the students to convey mood and thought through color, line and scale, while also learning how to “break the rules” without negatively impacting others. They also learn behaviors to help them reintegrate into society and are given the opportunity to consider larger possibilities in the world outside their walls.

About Cathedral Arts Project

Now in its third decade of service, the mission of the Cathedral Arts Project is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. Our vision is for every child to benefit from a well-rounded education that includes dance, media arts, music, theatre and the visual arts. By providing direct instruction to students and teachers, facilitating partnerships and advocating for expanded access to arts education, the Cathedral Arts Project empowers children and youth to succeed in all areas of their lives.

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