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Organizations help teens tackle tough topics through art

Posted at 7:19 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 08:19:33-05

MILWAUKEE — As a parent, it can be tough to figure out the best way to bring up heavy topics, such as our deadly opioid epidemic.

Two organizations partnered together to use art for inspiration: Walnut Way Conservation Corp. and ArtWorks for Milwaukee.

15-year-old Iyanna McCarty shows first-hand, how our children are more aware than we might realize.

"Stuff can really happen to you if you just keep doing drugs so we just thought [to draw] 'Drugs To Hugs.'"

The mural she helped create at 17th and North is just outside the Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

McCarty got this opportunity over the summer when Walnut Way partnered with ArtWorks for Milwaukee for this project.

She and three others also finished a second mural to get the word out about reckless driving.

"Community is all about communication, so we thought the best way to show that was with the pigeons when they deliver the messages to the whole world and stuff," said McCarty.

Leaders at Walnut Way see their creation every day.

"That's the beauty of this partnership is that it'll carry years beyond maybe even our lifetime as we think about art," Executive Director Antonio Butts said,