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Conversations with incarcerated youth inspire new mural in Lafayette

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 23:33:27-04

The first installation of a new mural in Lafayette was celebrated on Saturday.

The Eyes of the Sun mural, a project sponsored by 24Hr Citizen Project, was unveiled at Meche's Donuts on E Willow St. The mural project consists of several installations of murals of the poem, "Eyes of the Sun," which was written by incarcerated youth in the Lafayette Parish Detention Home.

Teaching Artist Alex PoeticSoul Johnson asked the youth what they feel they are missing in their community and/or in their lives. The murals are the results of those conversations.

Johnson created his group, Lyrically Inclined, to work with at-risk students so they can have an open, safe place to express themselves.

The "Eyes of the Sun" Project was funded in 2018 by the 24Hr Citizen Project, a Lafayette group that funds, organizes, and manages projects in the community. Find more information here.

Johnson said the event is something that the community needs more of.

"An event like this is growth and positivity and feeding the soul and we need more of that. We need more of that. That is how we empower ourselves."

Below video of ribbon cutting is courtesy Alex PoeticSoul Johnson

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