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Two Chicago teens host youth visual and performance art event

Chicago youth facilitate youth art and benefit global organization


Chicago, IL — Two teens from TACO (Teen Artist’s Creative Oasis), a youth-organized non-profit project that facilitates creative expression of young artists, will be organizing their third seasonal Arts Open on Friday, July 10 at 6:00 pm. The exhibition will take place at this time at 1906 N. Halsted Ave, a Lincoln Park location, and will be promoting over 20 Chicagoland youth artists. Visual art will line the walls as performance art (music, slam poetry) is live throughout the event. The money raised from the event ($5 entrance fee) will be donated to The Canopy Project (


“We hope that TACO can help teenage artists display and perform their individual artwork through our planned Arts Opens and on our website,” says co-founder Bella Masterson (age 16). “We’ve noticed that schools are always losing funding to support the arts, and so we hope that these Arts Opens can be an inclusive place for teens to express themselves and for their art to reach the general public.”


TACO hosts Arts Opens every solstice and equinox, but their website ( posts new art periodically throughout the year. Teen artists can submit their artwork (visual, performance, writing, or otherwise) on the website at any time. Past events have displayed work from over 50 teen artists from around the city.


This project not only is a free way for young artists to release their art into the public, but also impacts various organizations around the world. The money raised from each Arts Open benefits a different organization, such as Snow City Arts, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or this time, the Canopy Project. “By giving to the Canopy Project, TACO is showing youth that saving the environment can eliminate poverty and save human lives as well,” says TACO co-founder Bella Kiser (age 17). Founders Bella and Bella choose charities that target and bring awareness to social issues that they feel passionately about.


TACO strives to promote youth creativity and self expression while simultaneously impacting local and global issues. Through art exhibitions and donations to prominent organizations, the project bridges the gap between youth action and widespread social change.



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