Photography project features works by Drug Court participants

Art photography created by Oakland County youth will be showcased in the "What Is Important To Me--People, Places and Things" event hosted by the OPTIONS Family-Focused Juvenile Drug Court on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Drug court participants were inspired by works of photojournalist Blake Discher who directed the project. The result of combining Discher's professional instruction with disposable cameras can be seen in the creative works displayed inside the Oakland County Executive Office Building, West Oakland Conference Room, at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. The event will open at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and photography viewing followed by photography unveiling and remarks presented by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan, presiding judge of the Juvenile Drug Court, and Discher at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

"What Is Important to Me" marks the third OPTIONS art photography project. The project was developed to address problems of substance abuse in youth in Oakland County's juvenile justice system by allowing participants to explore their own creativity and abilities, to understand the results of choices they make through art, and realize the connection between art and the choices they make with their lives.

Photography selected for the exhibit consists of subjects of participants' own choosing. Each picture, finished and framed to an 11" x 14" size, will be auctioned with proceeds going to the individual photographers. Posters made up of a collection of best pictures will also be sold on-site for $20 with the proceeds directed to the RESTORE Foundation for the drug court's operating budget.

The RESTORE Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2008 to raise funds to supplement the drug treatment court. Donations may be made to the RESTORE Foundation through www.therestorefoundation.org.

Published: Mon, Nov 15, 2010