November 1, 2011

Have you been waiting for your chance to see the celebrated murals painted by nationally-acclaimed artist Arvie Smith and youth in detention in the Donald E. Long Home? Many of the murals are now being displayed in buildings across Multnomah CountyThese areas are open to the general public but visitors may be asked to go through security.  

  • “I am Somebody” is on the 2nd floor, north hall; Multnomah County Courthouse;
  • “Hope is a Waking Dream” is on the 5th floor, south hall, Multnomah County Courthouse;
  •  “There are no Impossible Dreams” in the first floor Jury Room, Multnomah County Courthouse;
  • “Live as if Everything is a Miracle” in the main lobby, Juvenile Justice Complex, 1401 NE 68th, Portland.

Five 8’x15’ murals were created as part of the Project Hope mural project.  Arvie Smith began the project in July, 2009 and over 110 detained youth have assisted in designing and painting the murals.  The project is part of a long-running Artist-in-Residence program funded through the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). For nearly fifteen years, RACC has provided funding to help qualified artists bring performances, films, and visual art to the detention complex.

For related information please visit Murals Go On Display.