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 EMMANUEL MARTINEZ AND NORA CARTER AT SUMTER YDC MURAL UNVEILING
EMMANUEL MARTINEZ AND NORA CARTER AT SUMTER YDC MURAL UNVEILING

NORA CARTER OF CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY WILL WORK WITH ART FOR KIDS AND THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CAMPUS

NORA CARTER OF CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY WILL WORK WITH ART FOR KIDS AND THE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CAMPUS
The completion and unveiling of a mural at the Sumter Youth Development Campus by Emanuel Martinez vividly illustrates the fact that art is an avenue for success for our youth. The Emanuel Project began at the Sumter campus as a teacher searched for art supplies for his students. After receiving supplies, Mr. Wayne Gosa then began to encourage the art talents of his shop students as they were allowed to create air brush murals in the shop of the Sumter YDC. These murals can still be seen today, and Mr. Gosa proudly acknowledges his students' art accomplishments. Thus began an association with Art for Kids, Emanuel Martinez, and the Sumter YDC.
Emanuel's work with troubled youth is a result of his own background. Art was an escape from an oppressive childhood and his avenue for a successful future. Emanuel has worked in the civil rights movement with Cesar Chavez, has three works in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian, won numerous awards, and his work has been published in a book.
Throughout the United States the Emanuel Project is making its mark. Emanuel travels to Youth Detention Centers and works with youth in the centers to create murals which will inspire the youth and adults alike. The Sumter mural, which reaches floor to ceiling and wall to wall in the gymnasium on campus, depicts four youth of different racial backgrounds. In the foreheads of each of the young men, another person is painted. A graduate, a doctor, a businessman, and an architect are each depicted in the foreheads. The windows in the gymnasium serve as the eyes of the four youth.
Amy Howell, Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, who also attended the unveiling of the mural, had only the highest praise and deepest gratitude for what Emanuel Martinez has done for the Sumter youth facility and for other troubled youth in our country.
The Sumter Youth Development Campus plans to follow up with after school art lessons. Nora Carter will be working through Art for Kids to teach an afterschool art class. As the Emanuel project has taught us, the arts can be an escape from a difficult today and an avenue for a brighter tomorrow. The Sumter mural will be a constant reminder to the young men at the facility that a there is hope for a successful future.




 
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