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Talented, troubled youth need our full support

Nevada County can be proud that paintings by youth incarcerated in our juvenile hall are currently being exhibited at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The display entitled “New Reflections” will be on display at the prestigious museum until Feb. 23.

Marjie Miller, a gifted local artist, directs the art program at the detention center. It is amazing how many troubled young people have latent artistic talents. Accordingly, it seems easy to surmise a relationship between the absence of the arts in our schools and juvenile delinquency.

In any event, Ms. Miller brings out the best in high-risk youth who are searching for positive achievement and personal self worth. We need to be fully supportive of this and other rehabilitation programs that our new juvenile detention facility is making possible.

Lee Blakemore

Penn Valley

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