Duluth, MN (Northland's Newscenter) - Teens at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center are celebrating the completion of an art project that will make its way all around the region.
It symbolizes teamwork and culture for the several hundred adolescents who contributed to the work.
A symbol of hope can be recognized by pretty much anyone...no matter the race, religion, or language.
For some of the youth at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center, they are awaiting court hearings and going through short and long term residential treatment.
On Tuesday, their minds were on art.
"We can change and do what's right for the community," Jackson Rudnik, an Arrowhead Juvenile Center resident, said.
"I've loved art, like, my whole life. I just love everything about it," Rochelle Norton, an Arrowhead Juvenile Center resident, said.
Since July, hundreds of those being treated at the center took part in a Traveling Art exhibit.
"This side—this whole side is for the water," Rudnik said.
The cube is a sculpture that measures two–feet in each direction.
"Up here is for the sky," Rudnik said.
The piece is inspired by the colors and meanings of the Native American Medicine Wheel.
"It has six sides, it's three–dimensional and it has a welded stand," Rudnik said.
Teens began by drawing images that represented water, fire, air, earth, and seasons.
Then they each transferred the images to small clay tiles.
A special ceremony took place to honor the teen's work.
"Out of sight, out of mind is kind of what happens when they are here. It's really important that as a community that we are there and support our kids and then it's safer for all of us," Kathy Trihey, the Arrowhead Juvenile Center Superintendent, said.
Those who helped say this is more than just an art project.
"I think that people take away and say, oh, I worked with clay now. I can explain that to a friend, I could go to a clay center, I got my hands dirty," Tonya Borgeson, the Arrowhead Juvenile Center art instructor, said.
"To see something from the beginning to the end and to be apart of it and to feel that they contributed to it," Trihey said.
But the celebration doesn't stop here...the sculpture will be making stops to seven different courthouses around the region.
"It should help a lot of people out there...who are struggling," Norton said.
The project was funded in part by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.
The Arrowhead Juvenile Center serves nearly 700 youth each year.
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