Friday, January 21, 2011

CCSO Gallery Gives Voice To Abused Children

The Collier County Sheriff's Office hosted a reception Thursday to debut the second installment of its Community Gallery, an arts exhibit housed within the CCSO.

Community leaders and local residents dropped by to view the artwork of children who have received assistance through Youth Haven, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected children.

Youth Haven Director of Program Jinx Liggett said the organization’s art program is therapeutic and a powerful tool in the recovery process for these children. Displaying their artwork through the Community Gallery has filled many of the featured artists with a sense of purpose and pride, she said.

Members of the Naples Orchestra and Chorus volunteered their talents to provide music during the reception.

The gallery was created to showcase the partnerships developed between the CCSO and community. It is located the administrative offices on the second floor of the Collier County Sheriff's Office, 3301 U.S. 41 E., Bldg. J, East Naples. The public is invited to view Community Gallery exhibits during normal business hours.

The Youth Haven Arts Exhibit will run through April. The K is For Kids Foundation is scheduled to be the next installation at the gallery.

The exhibits featured at the Community Gallery rotate every three months. An opening reception is held for each new exhibit to showcase the art and partnership of the participating organization.

The CCSO Community Gallery welcomes any local public service organizations which are interested in arranging an exhibit.

For more information about the gallery or how to participate, contact Community Outreach Director Stephanie Spell at 239.793.9396, or

Youth Haven Clinical Supervisor Kim Weisberg examines the work of a child who chose the color black to represent the feeling of stress in life.

Attendees chat during the debut of Youth Haven’s Community Gallery installation.

Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk and Youth Haven Chief Financial Officer Stephen Clapp share a conversation during the reception debuting art created by children who have received assistance from Youth Haven.
Photos by Kristi Lester/CCSO(3)