LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Students at the Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility have the opportunity to get creative.
"I've had a lot ideas about maybe, you know, getting a hold of Emanuel when I get out and maybe seeing if he could work with me,"said a Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility student.
Artist Emanuel Martinez has been visiting Logansport for the past week in hopes of leaving a lasting mark on this student, along with many others, at the Juvenile Correctional Facility.
Martinez said when he was 13 years old, he was incarcerated. That's when he painted his very first mural.
"I was helped by an individual who got me on the right path and it got me back into school and I graduated with a couple of scholarships for art and I just went on to pursue my career," said Martinez.
Martinez currently runs the Emanuel Project, a program that creates an art curriculum, provides art supplies, and helps students paint everlasting murals at juvenile correctional facilities across the country.
Martinez said he wants his program to encourage students to shape up their behavior and focus on their academics.
"These kind of programs are helpful to the kids because it helps stimulate their creativity and it helps them visualize their potential," said Martinez.
Logansport will be one of 10 facilities that the Emanuel Project will visit this year. One student at Logansport said he is taking full advantage of this opportunity.
"It feels good to do and it kind of takes my mind away from the environment that I'm in for a little bit and feels good," said the student.
Martinez said the mural will take 10 days to complete. The finished product will be unveiled on March 14, 2012. Martinez said the mural will be about 80% of the students' work.
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