Madison Juvenile Correction Facility, Madison, IN - "Creating Futures - 1 " 30' x 8'

History

Conceived in 2009 as an extension of the Arts for Kids program, founded by Louisa Craft-Jornayvaz, the Emanuel Project began in a Georgia classroom as a way to focus incarcerated youth on academic activities. After observing improved academic success in the classroom as well as noticeable improvement in the behavior of the youth in the classroom, Louisa Craft-Jornayvaz partnered with Dr. James R. Minnick, currently the projects Executive Director, in whose classroom the project began.

Emanuel Project Founder and Director

Emanuel Project Founder and Director

The project was officially named the Emanuel Project in January 2012, and now serves incarcerated youth in 48 facilities in 12 states with research-based curriculum, art therapy and incentive programs. Approximately 36 “Murals of Hope” have been completed in 11 states with Emanuel Martinez, the project’s namesake, working directly with students of the facilities as part of the incentive program.