To passersby, it might have seemed like any other free Tuesday night at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.
Brandon Rothenberg, a student featured in the exhibit, was seeing it for the first time.
Many who have seen the exhibit stop at Brandon's story for a long time, caught by his striking photograph but lingering as they wonder what he must be doing right now. That's because Brandon currently attends school in the Duval County Pre-Trial Detention Center.
Brandon has been in jail since he was 15, awaiting a resolution to the armed robbery he was charged with as an adult. He will be 18 in December.
He faces an uncertain future. If sentenced as a youthful offender, he faces at least a few more years behind bars, but if sentenced as an adult, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years.
It seemed at first an impossibility that Brandon would ever have the chance to visit the exhibit and see first-hand the impact he was having on others. But thanks to his dedicated attorney, Jennifer Espenship, and the support of JPEF and the Cummer, Judge Adrian Soud granted a special transport order allowing Brandon to visit the exhibit for a few hours to share his story with at-risk youth, meet the other ONE in THREE featured students and give his family a few fleeting hugs.
As Brandon spoke last night to a group of young teenagers who are part of the Communities in Schools TEAM UP program, he implored them to prioritize their education. WJXT Channel 4's Vickie Pierre covered the visit - check out the video here.
Later, he was asked: What has been the best part of all this?
"Being here with you right now," he said.
Most of the time, people who don't know his story look at his shackles and see him as a danger to society. For Brandon, the way strangers saw him changed for just one night.
But for those who those who have been affected by his story of determination and redemption, that perception is changed forever.