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Student Art at Family and Juvenile Court


Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court (FJC) opened in September 1998, consolidating all family and juvenile work in a separate courthouse.  Art contributes to a comforting atmosphere and reduces tension while people wait for court hearings.

Over the years, all of our local public school districts have displayed student art.  Student art is also provided by many of local private schools, tribal schools, home school groups, and other civic organizations.  Community Youth Services (CYS) has a regular display of art created by CYS youth.  Family Education and Support Services regularly submits art from the Voices of Children project.  We have also been privileged to have local professional artists share their work at FJC.

Artist's Receptions

Student art and professional art is displayed four times a year.  The court hosts public art receptions to celebrate the artists’ work.  The professional artists speak with the student artists about their art. Students can also discuss their work.  Refreshments are served and a judge gives tours of the courtrooms and the juvenile detention holding area.  The reception gives young people and their families a chance to have a positive experience at FJC.

Framing Requirements

To display art at FJC, all two-dimensional art must be framed.  The court has frames to use that are 22” by 26”.  The court also has black or white backgrounds to use.  If the work is mounted at the school on 22” by 26” poster board or heavy paper, it can be slipped easily into the court’s frames.  The court will also gladly display work of other dimensions if it comes to the court already framed.


Some of the places for display receive a lot of natural light.  Fading may occur if a work is displayed for more than three months.  The court is not responsible for any loss or damage to the art work.

FJC Art Committee

The art work is gathered, displayed and rotated by a dedicated group of volunteers, which includes court personnel and community members.  If you are interested in having work displayed at the courthouse or participating on the FJC Art Committee contact Court Administration at Family and Juvenile Court (360) 709-3295 or e-mail us at .