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One local painter brightening up the walls of the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center

The paintings helping the teens think deeper, according to the artist.

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 7:13 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 3:07 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Michael Arciniega was once a counselor at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center.

“We ran an art expression group once a week and I’ve always wanted to come back,” said Arciniega.

Now he is back volunteering his time and painting murals inside the detention center — filling walls with the likenesses of figures like Ben Franklin, John Lennon and Albert Einstein.

It’s something that he says inspires the kids in the Detention Center.

“I think it teaches them something goals and being disciplined, and following through on your idea,” Arciniega said.

The stunning artwork is reminding the kids of the world outside these walls.

“So sitting there you have nothing to do but think about when you get out, what can you do to change,” said Adryan Giron, one of the teens in the Detention Center.

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