"This Gift I Still Have" Public Opening Reception

This Gift I Still Have, an exhibition of art and poetry opens October 1st at the University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Corr Gallery at 6 p.m.

These pieces, which were first published as a Zine series in collaboration with Free Verse and Youth Homes, were scrawled, painted, and drawn during the pandemic by teenagers living in therapeutic group homes, jails, and prisons across Montana.

The zines feature writing and artwork produced from April 2020 through May 2021 by youth at Youth Homes and students of Free Verse in the Missoula County Juvenile Detention Center, Billings Juvenile Detention Center, Ted Lechner Youth Services Center, and Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility. The series contains a multitude of voices and experiences that reflect on place, home, identity, and experiences of isolation.