(CBS) — Art is bringing joy and fulfillment to men in the most unexpected place: Division 11 of the Cook County Jail.
It’s Positively Chicago, CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.READ MORE: Shots Fired At Police In North Austin
Italian-born chef Bruno Abate previously helped set up a pizzeria in the jail, as a way to give inmates job skills.
Next step has been a painting program.
Among the inmates getting a chance to explore their art is Lehi Lopez.
“I’m not in jail when I’m actually painting,” he says.READ MORE: Ed's Driveway: Ford Mustang Mach-E
Justin Lamerdin has previous convictions for burglary.
He’s proven to be not the best thief, but a heck of an artist.
The jail program is called Recipe for Change and it’s completely self-funded.
Chef Abate, who employs several of the inmates who are now out, is looking for donors to help launch the music program in early 2018.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Colder And Blustery Sunday Night