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“Let’s paint a huge, pretty mural on the wall. ‘We can’t.’ ‘Oh, yes you can. Take my brush. Follow my lead. You can do anything I can do.’ That’s pretty much been my message to them and they have all taken it and exceeded any expectations I had.”

“I have climbed out of some dark places and used art as my ladder,” Costley said. “So, I feel like an alternative campus is the perfect place to shed that light because I was one of those kids. I was at an alternative campus myself. If I could just help one kid get through a bad day, that’s more important to me than the mural on the wall. “

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