Teen let out of jail for art exhibit

Judge allows teen to be part of museum exhibit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville judge gave a Duval County Jail inmate permission to leave Tuesday night and head to the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

Brandon Rothenberg, 18, has been in jail, awaiting trial on robbery charges since he was 15 years old. Rothenberg is part of an exhibit called "One In Three." The exhibit showcases local teens who have overcome the extraordinary to do well in school.

"I don't blame nobody for myself for what I've done, even if they did send me to prison for a long time," said Rothenberg. "I can't complain because I made those choices, and it's nobody's fault but mine."

Since being in jail, Rothenberg said he's turned his life around. He is on the honor roll and is often asked to give tours of the jail. While at the showing Tuesday night, Rothenberg spoke to middle school students about his past and what he is looking for in the future.

"I think that the argument that was most compelling was that Brandon could do good by being here, telling his story," said Cummer Museum Director Hope McMath.

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