Creative arts open house aims to inspire youth

Story By KATHERINE QUINTERO
Photos By ARAZELI ‘SALLY’ TORRES

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Dallas nonprofits ArtLoveMagic and Journeyman Ink teamed with Marinela USA to host the Marinela Talent School (MTS), a creative arts open house for Dallas teens, Aug. 6.

More than 100 teens packed the Dallas Theater’s DaVerse Lounge in Deep Ellum for an array of artistic instruction and display. Participants engaged in approximately 15 different creative arts stations such as dance, spoken word, live music, visual arts and hip-hop.

A talented local artist hosted each station, giving instruction and answering questions from the teens.

“More schools are tightening their budgets and eliminating arts programs because of funding,” Marinela USA brand manager Melisenda Barajas said. “We hope through the Marinela Talent School open house, teens are inspired to remain involved in the arts.”

Highlights of the evening included a dance exhibition taught by the MTS dancers, fire painting by Josh Dryk, henna art by Kelly Nygren and a Skate Buds demonstration by a group from the Dallas Boys and Girls Club.

“It’s important that today’s youth continue to participate in the arts,” Barajas said.

“Creative arts programs encourage a healthy form of self-expression while helping teens build self-esteem.”

According to a study by the U.S. Depart- ment of Education, students who are involved in music, dance and art programs do better in math, reading, history, geography and citizenship. Participating in the arts can help children build friendships, increase their desire to set and achieve goals and teach a positive work ethic.

Marinela USA awarded two art scholar- ships at the end of the evening, followed by an opportunity for the teens to showcase their finished artwork and perform their spoken word readings.

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Here is the link to Jen Shu’s photobooth photos:
http://www.pinklightstore.com/Events/Marinelas-EVENT-8611/18410171_bPVVwp#1419234054_m7dkL74

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