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Arrowhead Juvenile Center hosts celebration of youth art project

Categories: 2012 Press Releases | Author: Dana Kazel | Posted: 11/9/2012 | Views: 22982

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November 9, 2012    

CONTACT: Kathy Trihey, Superintendent
Arrowhead Juvenile Center
(218) 625-6711
Arrowhead Juvenile Center hosts celebration of youth art project
Lessons in art, culture and teamwork have combined in the creating of a sculpture by youth at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center (AJC). “Traveling Children – Begaamaadizijig Abinoojiinyag”, a cube measuring two-feet in each dimension, was inspired in part by the colors and meanings of the Native American Medicine Wheel. Several hundred young people who have gone through treatment at AJC since last July, all contributed to the sculpture.

Now that it is complete, the sculpture will travel to seven courthouses around the region, where it will be displayed. But before it is sent off, the staff and students at AJC will hold a special ceremony to bless and name their artwork. The event will be held Tuesday, November 13, at 4 p.m. at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center (AJC), located at 1918 North Arlington Avenue, Duluth. It will include a feast and a ceremonial naming of the cube. Skip Sandman, a Fond du Lac tribal elder and traditional healer will lead the blessing.

The project was funded in part with a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Local artists Tonya Borgeson and Joan Henrik have been working with the children since July, starting with discussions of what the cube should include, followed by drawing images representing air, earth, water and fire, as well as the passage of time and seasons. The young artists then transferred their drawings into square clay tiles and carved. The tiles were later fired in a kiln, assembled into the cube and glazed.

Arrowhead Juvenile Center serves approximately 700 youth each year between the ages of 12-18. This includes temporary housing for youth awaiting court hearings, short and long term residential treatment as directed by the Courts, and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) program. AJC is part of Arrowhead Regional Corrections, serving St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton and Koochiching counties. For more information about AJC or the “Traveling Children” art project, please call (218) 625-6700.
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