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Social Work Students Unveil 'Escape to Create: Courage through Creativity' Mural Dec. 7 


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(Dec. 5, 2013) -- UTSA graduate social work students, the PEACE Initiative, Chrysalis Ministries and youth artists will celebrate "Courage through Creativity" at the Collaborative Mural Project unveiling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Building Room 1.338. Free parking for the event will be in Lot D-1.

The mural unveiling, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a brief ceremony and light refreshments.

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"Escape to Create: Courage through Creativity" was undertaken by students from the fall 2013 Advanced Communities class in the UTSA Department of Social Work.

The project involves a group of juvenile first-time Class C misdemeanor and status offenders who are at risk of becoming part of the juvenile justice system.
Under the tutelage of an accomplished professional artist from the community, the youth created an original mural to be installed on an exterior wall of the Chrysalis Ministries headquarters building.

The UTSA graduate students worked side-by-side with the youth to create the mural. They also served as mentors and positive role models to the youth by helping them understand the relationship between their choices and consequences. Additionally the UTSA students taught the at-risk teens to have the courage to face the challenges they encounter, reap the benefits of teamwork and stay on track to finish school and go to college.

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The PEACE Initiative is a private non-profit organization established in 1990 under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Order of Benedictine Sisters to address the issues of domestic violence impacting the city of San Antonio. The PEACE Initiative became a free-standing non-profit entity in 2003. Today, The PEACE Initiative membership consists of 48 public and private institutions, grassroots organizations and individuals working together to end family violence.

Chrysalis Ministries (formerly Bexar County Detention Ministries) is an interfaith agency that began in 1941 as a small group of local pastors who provided worships services and pastoral counseling at the Bexar County Jail. Today, Agency staff and volunteers proved religious services, support groups and educational classes in adult and juvenile detention and treatment facilities throughout the San Antonio area. The agency's Family Renewal Center (FRC) serves as an outreach center as well as houses the agency's administrative offices. A wide variety of religious and social services are provided at the FRC to presently of formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.




Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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