BeREAL* youth Joseph Hensley had two paintings featured in the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) show “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Teen Artists’ Perceptions of Time.” Joe’s medium is acrylic on paper, and his works were titled “Self Effigy” and “A Native in Green.” Joe is a junior and a talented visual arts student at John McDonogh Senior High School in New Orleans. His BeREAL Transition Coach Michael Patrick, BeREAL Program Director Christie Kieschnick, Department of Child & Family Services (DCFS) caseworker, and friend Akieba Sims (who is also a BeREAL youth) accompanied Joe to view his art on display.
The art display ran from March 19 through May 1. It showcased the teens’ interpretations of past, present, and future personal experiences, dreams, fears, and hopes. The CAC Teen Board curated this eclectic collection of recent student artwork, representing 16 local area schools. The CAC provides support to artistic teenagers by giving them a place to display their work and develop their artistic passions.
* BeREAL (Ready, Educated, Accomplished Leaders), a project of Lutheran Social Services in collaboration with the Louisiana Dept. of Children & Family Services, provides transition services for youth ages 13-25 aging out of Louisiana’s foster care system, through training, support, and mentoring programs.