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At-Risk Teens Benefit From Mural Project

At-Risk Teens Benefit From Mural Project
Photo Courtesy Kalavera Studio
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 5:09pm

Local authorities will unveil the second mural created in a program that uses art to rehabilitate at-risk students Tuesday afternoon. 

The mural was painted by 11 boys and three girls from the El Paso Independent School District that are under supervision of the El Paso Juvenile Probation Department. The program is spearheaded by local muralist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, with the idea that nurturing artistic talents in delinquent children helps them change their destructive behavior.

“Art is a powerful motivator that helps teens rehabilitate from substance abuse problems and other negative habits by developing new skills and helping them feel proud of their work,” Alvarado said.

The mural is located in the handball court at Ascárate Park, and depicts migrant workers, activist Cesar Chavez, and several Aztec symbols that represent the Hispanic heritage. The project was financed through a donation from the Adult Probation Department’s “Graffiti Wipeout Program” and the supplies were furnished by the El Paso Independent School District.

The mural will be unveiled on Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. 

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