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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.

RSVP for the event at utsaescapetocreate@gmail.com

"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.

To learn more, contact the project team at utsaescapetocreate@gmail.com

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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.

 

 

 

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Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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