An exhibition of artwork created by youth in the Texas Youth Commission will open Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the South Gallery of the Capitol Extension. Sponsored by Rep. Ruth McClendon of San Antonio, “Youth Art at the Capitol” will feature the artwork and trade crafts of more than 30 students from TYC secure facilities, halfway houses, parole and contract care programs.
All exhibit pieces are created by youth ages 10 to 18 who have been committed to TYC for a felony offense. These youth often come from chaotic home environments and need specialized treatment for chemical dependencies and mental health challenges. They are typically years behind their peers in math and reading and most qualify for special education services.
Despite their obstacles and past poor choices, creativity is one avenue where many of these youth can find success and self esteem. Art and craftsmanship opportunities throughout TYC facilities complement the agency’s comprehensive treatment programs, which include education and vocational training, and provide useful therapy for youth learning how to express themselves.
“Youth Art at the Capitol” will run from Feb. 2-7 and be available for viewing during normal Capitol visiting hours.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
TYC youth art at the capitol
Via press release from the Texas Youth Commission: