Fort Bend County Uses Artistic Expression To Encourage Youth In Incarceration | Community
Fort Bend County Judge KP George, District Attorney Brian Middleton, Executive Director of Juvenile Probation Kyle Dobbs, Juvenile Council Chairperson Judge Teana Watson, and a host of elected officials and educators from across the Fort Bend County unveiled original artwork created in collaboration with juvenile inmates at the Fort Bend County Detention Center and Artreach, a non-profit organization that provides mentorship and artistic support to children at risk .
The paintings are the first two pieces on display in the hallways of the Fort Bend County Justice Center. The project, which is part of Fort Bend District Attorney Brian Middleton’s program to help at-risk youth, provides a creative outlet for young inmates to create their own art and collaborate as a group by giving them an outlet that allows them to express themselves constructively.
“The character of our company is determined by the way we take care of your young people and every time I visit this facility it means a lot to me,” said Justice George. “We do a number of things to empower youth and empower our children’s leadership, this is one of our number one priorities in our office.”
The program aims to increase self-esteem and help incarcerated youth overcome their past circumstances.
“We came together with the concept with a vision that our children are our future and our responsibility,” said Distract attorney Brian Middleton. “Seeing the pandemic and the impact it has had on our community, we have come together to create a safe environment for our young people to thrive. “
The county judge’s office as well as the district attorney’s office will continue to work with the juvenile detention center to display additional artwork at county facilities.
“If we are to continue to build resilient communities, we need to create a community where our young people are encouraged, and if we can do that, then they will trust us and value the community and the relationships they have,” said the Judge George. “It is our responsibility, not only as leaders of our communities, but also as elders of this village, to nurture, support and uplift these young men and women. “