The artwork of a Boston Public Schools student will soon hang in the U.S. Capitol building. Congressman Michael E. Capuano has selected a self-portrait by Boston Arts Academy senior Jaleela Brown to represent the Massachusetts 8th Congressional district in the annual Artistic Discovery exhibit. Congress created the program in 1982 to feature the work of artistic high school students from each of the 435 Congressional districts across the country. Every member of Congress annually selects one student’s artwork to be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel that connects House of Representatives office building with the U.S. Capitol.
Jaleela is the daughter of Michael and Deborah Browder of Dorchester, who are alumni of the Boston Public Schools. An honors student at the Boston Arts Academy, Jaleela is also a talented fashion designer and photographer. She plans to attend college next year to pursue a degree in medicine while continuing her interest in art.