Art exhibit highlights work of inmates at Marion Co. Jail

An art exhibit showcased the work of inmates at the Juvenile Detention Center Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An art exhibit Friday showcased the work of an unlikely group of teens.

The artwork was made by inmates at the Marion County Jail.

It’s a program called Insider Art, a partnership between the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Indianapolis Art Center.

Instructor Jeff Jeffries say it’s about getting to the teens before it’s too late.

“It’s about learning about themselves, learning about different ways of seeing things in the future, giving them a concept of time,” Jeffries explained. “Some of them don’t realize that five years down the line, they still have to fit into society.”

The artists themselves did not attend the exhibit. Patrons couldn’t buy the work, and organizers say it was just there to be appreciated.

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