Visual Arts + Museums

First Friday: Tristan Thompson & Jeff Jeffries

When: Fri., April 1, 6-11 p.m. 2016

We wrote about Jeff Jeffries, a local artist and teacher at the Indianapolis Art Center, when he taught an art class to youth who were awaiting trial in the juvenile courts. The Indianapolis Art Center was approached by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department asking them to help facilitate an art class of some kind. The department noted that inmates were using the walls of their cells, bedsheets and just about everything else as a canvas. Since the Art Center has a strong focus on classes with children, they decided to target the juvenile pretrial boys as a starting point. By April Insider Art began. “Teaching these guys is a really fulfilling challenge,” says Jeffries. “For whatever reason they’ve ended up there, they’re still just kids.” For first Friday he and Tristan Thompson will have a joint show in the upper Attic room at the Murphy center.

Price: FREE

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