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Insider Art offers positive outlet for jailed juveniles

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Art Center and Marion County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to bring art to children facing jail time.

In 2014, the police reported catching juveniles in the general population of the Marion County Jail with artistic contraband – artwork and art supplies.

Trying to find a way to incorporate art into a positive opportunity, police approached the Indianapolis Art Center to determine if there was a possibility for art classes or other artistic outlets for these kids.

Insider Art was created to allow 50 juveniles from the Marion County Jail to participate in a program teaches art skills and visual literacy, builds confidence and fosters empathy.

However, funding for the Insider Art program is currently falling short. The Indianapolis Art Center needs to raise $8,000 by Apr. 1 to make this positive program a reality.

To learn more about and contribute to Insider Art, click here.