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3 Murals Inside A Juvenile Hall In Boyle Heights Give Youth A Space To Express And Aspire

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A mural on the "Wall of Achievements" at the Central Juvenile Hall in Boyle Heights.
Carla Javier

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An arts program at Central Juvenile Hall in Boyle Heights is helping incarcerated teens learn to connect and collaborate. The murals depict inspiring images like an astronaut, social justice protesters, and someone planting corn. There are portraits of civil rights icon Dolores Huerta and former President Barack Obama. There's a "Women In History" wall with iconic figures including Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhart.

For some of the teenagers who participated in the project, it's "maybe even their first time collaborating in any form," one contributing artist said.

See photos of the murals here.