Youth Arts: Unlocked work on display this week

Art created by young people incarcerated at the Genesee Valley Regional Center will be on display this week during Flint ReCast’s conference as well during Art Walk at Elga Credit Union in downtown Flint. 

It’s a new beginning for the organization, with new artists and a new name. Now called Youth Arts: Unlocked, the group previously was known as Her Story Unlocked. It is also now a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission “to provide arts and enrichment programs for at-risk and justice involved youth as a means of learning, connecting, expressing and healing,” said founder Shelley Spivack.

The work will also be on display April 7 as part of an exhibit titled “Embracing-Flint” at the James and Ann Duderstadt Center in Ann Arbor. The show coincides with a play titled “Flint” by that focuses on voices of the Flint Water Crisis. 

Youth Arts provides programs at the regional detention center and an area alternative high school. Programs and classes include yoga, dance, theatre, poetry, and visual arts.

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For more information, visit Youth Arts Unlocked's website.

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