NEW CASTLE – Arts & Education at the Hoyt presents “Man Up,” a new exhibition of works from George Junior Republic scheduled to open Thursday at The Confluence in New Castle.

Developed by Glen Sanders, the arts director at the Pine Township facility, and Jim West, sculptor, the exhibition provided students with the opportunity to express what it means to “man up” in their own lives, according to a news release from the Hoyt.

The artwork reflects on tough subjects including abandonment, abuse, death, incarceration and the weight of feeling responsible for the welfare of their families. They also reflect forgiveness, accountability, wholeness and hope.

An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (May 30) at The Confluence, 114 E. Washington St. The exhibit continues through Aug. 1. Standard gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Man Up” gave a voice to young men who usually don’t get the chance to share their story outside of the juvenile justice system and social services, Sanders said.

The hope is that this exhibition will allow artists to share a part of themselves and also help others become part of the discussion on what it means to “man up.”

The George Junior Republic Art2O program serves more than 150 students each year. The afterschool program provides students a broad spectrum of life enhancement skills through fine art experiences.

FOR more information about the Hoyt, call 724-652-2882 or visit www.hoytartcenter.org