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Christine Morganti
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Troubled Youth Express Their Struggles in Art

Albuquerque, N.M.—The State Bar of New Mexico’s Children’s Law Section has again sponsored their Annual Art and Writing Contest for troubled youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Children have completed their creations, the judges have made their choices, and the exhibit is scheduled to take place from 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 27, at Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Albuquerque.

Children who are either currently detained or involved in such programs as the Youth Reporting Center, drug court and anti-domestic violence programs in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Doña Ana, and Santa Fe counties have created works based on the theme “How I Want the World to See Me,” using canvas as their medium. The first seven years of the annual contest have proven that communicating ideas and emotions through art and writing fosters thought and discussion among youth on how to change their lives for the better. The contest provides these children with a positive opportunity to express their struggles, look toward the future, and celebrate artistic effort.

The contest is supported by generous contributions from the legal community, whose participation is so meaningful to the employees of the various juvenile justice centers, children’s court judges, and attorneys who work tirelessly with very limited resources on behalf of the children. Donations enable organizers to purchase canvas, art supplies, and prizes and to set up the exhibit.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.