Scudder Juvenile Detention Camp Collaborative Mural Project | July, 2015
This mural is part of a month-long collaboration among the LA County Probation Department, the LA County Arts Commission, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network — the only network of it's kind for arts providers in LA County working with in-crisis youth. The Network consists of eight LA-based nonprofits, including the Armory, Coalition for Engaged Education, Street Poets Inc., The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, InsideOUT Writers, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater LA, and Bold Ink Writers (aka Write Girl).

For the Scudder mural, Armory Teaching Artists Carlos Callejo teamed up with six-time HBO Def Poetry Jam performer Mayda del Valle, currently a teaching artist with Network member Street Poets, Inc. Ms. del Valle—whose stunning performance mesmerized President Obama during the 2009 White House Poetry Jam—worked with the girls to explore themes of "self" and finding the good in other people through the lens of You Don't Even Know Me — a 2011 collection of poems that provide insight into the minds of teenage African Americans. Through analysis and writing exercises with del Valle, the Scudder girls worked through ideas that became the foundation for the mural's imagery.
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