Multnomah County, Oregon, Dedicates Murals Painted by Detained Youth

Posted December 19, 2012, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Five vibrant murals created by youth at the Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon, Juvenile Detention Center were unveiled during a dedication ceremony attended by 40 people at the detention center in June 2011. 

The 8-feet-by-15-feet murals are rich with images and multicultural references, and each one tells a different story of hope. The Regional Arts and Cultural Council commissioned the project, which involved two years of work by acclaimed artist Arvie Smith and 100 youth in detention. 

“We must show them the spirit of love and forgiveness that gives hope to those who have been cast aside,” Smith told The Skanner News during the ceremony. 

Two murals will stay at the detention center. The others will be displayed temporarily at the central police precinct and the county courthouse before returning to the detention center.

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