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Art and Kids in Drug Court

on January 15, 2012

This past Fall, I participated as a teaching artist in a program at Denney Juvenile Justice Center called, PAIR (Promising Artists in Recovery). The PAIR program gives kids who are in Drug Court at Denney Juvenile Justice Center an opportunity to work with an artist for a workshop or a series of workshops. PAIR is part of the National Program based in Portland, Oregon called Reclaiming Futures.

During our workshop, the Everett Herald had a team of reporters who came to write about the workshops.

That article is the front page of the Everett Herald this morning. It’s a powerful article and really showcases the individual kids very well.  And reading it, I was reminded that I love publishing and writing books, but what means the most to me is this work with the kids at Denney.   This is where I find the heart of my stories.

Here is the article link for those of you who don’t live in Everett!

And for those of you who only want to watch the video, here it is:


2 responses to “Art and Kids in Drug Court

  1. Gail Hedrick says:

    I just emailed Reclaiming Futures to see if there is a similar program in our area in Florida. Very inspiring and such a promising program. Very nice article-congrats!

  2. Mindy Hardwick says:

    Thanks! I hope you find there is a Reclaiming Futures Program in your area! If not, and you want to do some writing/poetry with kids in juvenile detention, you can ask to talk to the program director at the detention center. That was how I began five-years ago. I signed up as a volunteer.

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