Arts Council of Southern #Indiana exhibit showcases work of at-risk youth

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NEW ALBANY — Today marks the start of a month-long art show in New Albany exhibiting the works of at-risk youth as they work through trauma with art.

Kentuckiana's Inspired Building Bridges opens to the public today at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana in New Albany, featuring the portraits of community leaders, painted by students at Maryhurst, a private non profit agency that cares for more than 400 children and families each year, according to a news release.

The annual show, in its eighth year, has been hosted at different cultural spots each year; past locations include the Muhammid Ali Center and the African-American Heritage Museum.

The program pairs the kids with local leaders for interviews and photos the children then use as a marker for painting the portraits. The project not only gives children who may have experienced trauma a creative outlet, but seeks to inspire them by showing them their potential in the community.