The Imagine Bus Project (TIBP) is pleased to present The Art of Restorative Justice: Celebrating the Cheyenne Bell Mural at San Francisco City Hall on September 12, 2012, 3–‐4:30pm, in Room305. Sponsoring this special event are Supervisors Malia Cohen (District 10) and Christina Olague (District 5), as well as Success Center San Francisco.
The Cheyenne Bell Mural was realized by incarcerated youth who participate in Youth Studio, TIBP’s weekly visual arts program at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center. From January–‐June 2012, students participated in skill building activities and hands–‐on art making projects to realize individual artwork for the mural. Supporting students throughout this project were Youth Studio’s Teaching Artists Malik Seneferu and Jocelyn Goode, who contextualized weekly workshops around the principles of Restorative Justice—thereby teaching youth the value of giving back to the community.
On the occasion of this event, Supervisor Olague stated “I am happy to host the unveiling of this mural at City Hall and recognize the transformative impact of art on the community. The Cheyenne Bell Mural celebrates the power of creativity and the importance of service, which are critically important in the lives of young people.”
The Cheyenne Bell Mural honors the memory of local youth advocate Cheyenne Bell, the late founding Director of the Community Programs Division for the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department—a position she held from 1991 to 2001. Bell had a long career in the field of juvenile justice where she advocated for community–‐based alternative services for youth and families and helped develop resources for detainees including arts and culture enrichment, mental health services and ecumenical programs.
From City Hall, the Cheyenne Bell Mural will travel to community venues around San Francisco before returning to the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center.