- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A jail warden and highly regarded street artist is donating a piece of his work to raise funds for a horticultural program that provides therapy and vocational training to New York City inmates.

Rikers Island warden Turhan Gumusere (GUM’-uhz-eer) also goes by the street artist name Trike1.

One of his graffiti-style urban art pieces will be among dozens others donated by fellow pop artists to the Horticulture Society of New York’s annual silent auction Wednesday.

The money raised will support the Hort’s GreenHouse program, which since 1996 has worked with Rikers inmates to grow fruits, vegetables and flowers on nearly three acres of gardens.

GreenHouse also provides inmates with internships after they’ve been released.

Gumusere was appointed last month to run the 2,298 bed Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers.



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